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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/52
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 September 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall
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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.
1 Hanover
2 Sep 30 / 02
4 My own darling little Mother
6 We are in our nice little house. C It is evening, about 9 o’clock.
7Cron is sitting in the little dining room writing out a will, & I am
8in my bedroom at the little table in the corner, & the family are
9asleep, ‘Arriet has been very wicked today. First early this morning
10she turned the bottle of milk over in the passage & was lapping at it
11continuously & walking about in the streaming milk on the floor. I
12rescued the other bottle & took it & boiled it; hot, & put the jug in
13the pantry window. Not long after there was a noise, & I went to the
14pantry, & there she had turned the jug over & was standing in the milk
15licking her paws clean from the cream. She always creeps up onto
16Cron’s knee at meal times, & puts her nose into his plate & licks
17little bits of food out, as she fancies them. I say her mouth is dirty,
18 but Cron sticks to it it is clean!
20 I like this this little tiny house so much. I suppose because it’s
21so open & airy. The wind blows through it all day.
23 I will write & let you know in good time when I am coming. It would be
24nice if I could be there for your birth-day the 25th is it not? I
25wouldn’t spend all that day with you at the Highlands as you will
26have so many other visitors but if I arrived that day I’d just hire
27a cab at the station & the run up & have one look at my darling little
28mothers face on her birthday, & then come up the next day to stay long.
30 Good night my own sweet little mother
31 Your Olive
33 I think of you so continually my little mother; of late you seem
34always in my mind, especially in the night when I lie awake.