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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/75
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFebruary 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToArthur Brown
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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 Feb 1904
4 Dear Arthur
6 The things are splendid in quality especially the cheese. I wished I
7had got 4 lb instead of one.
9 I’m so glad the little son thrives on his new form of nourishment.
11 I would have written sooner but have had a pretty serious turn. The
12doctor wired for Cron without my asking me as I was pretty well
13unconscious. He arrived on Friday morning & left again on Saturday
14night ^as I was much better^, but returns next Friday or Saturday for
17 More & more people are going down here with typhoid & this strange
18gastric affection. Of the latter people sometimes die when they’ve
19only been ill a few hours. unreadable is diarroheoa Violent pains
20vomiting & diarrheoa with unspeakable pains, ^in the stomach^ seem all
21the symptoms & they get cold rather that hot dying generally of actual
22failure of the heart: two white children died of it yesterday, & two
23white adult women & one white man have already died of it in addition
24to numbers of natives. There have been sometimes four funerals of
25natives in a day. One day there were three two whites & four natives
26buried, but of course that only happened once. The aunt of my little
27Hottentot servant died today in the house next door to me. My little
28Hottentot girl is still unable to walk with typhoid & it is the third
29death that has taken place in that house in a month.
31 We al have four trained nurses in the town now, but no more are to be
32had for love or money from Port Elizabeth or Kimberley or Bloemfontein.
34 This is a very cheerful letter but we have typhoid &c on the brain in
35this place, so you’ll be glad I should close, with much love to you all
37 Aunt Olive
39 ^Tell my darling old sister I’ll write to her soon.^