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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 1901
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToHenrietta (‘Ettie’) Schreiner m. Stakesby Lewis (1891)
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Content indicates that Schreiner was in Hanover when it was written.
1 Thursday night
3 My darling Ettie
5 I am haunted by the feeling mother is going to die, & oh I must see
6her just once for a few hours before she goes. Ettie, if I wire I am
7coming & you can find out when I will be at Alice-dale, please send
8some one there to meet me. I will pay all expenses. I may not be able
9to change from one train to the other. It is terrible to be so
12 I wired this morning to know how mother was (Reply Paid) & the
13Commandant here kindly wired too thinking his letter might get through
14quicker. If only I have once got to Grahamstown & seen mother I don’t
15seem to send mind what happens to me. I had another fit of fainting &
16angina this afternoon & if that comes on in the train I am quite
17helpless I shall pay all expenses if some one will come as far as
18Alice-dale to meet me. I will wire when I leave this. I shall not
20 ^won’t be able to leave tomorrow
22 Olive^