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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: June 1887 ; Before End: October 1887
Address FromLondon
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. This letter has been dated by reference to content. Schreiner arrived in Britain from Europe in June 1887, and was resident in London at various points between then and mid October 1887, when she returned to Italy.
1 My dear old Ettie
3 I leave £1. 11/6 is for the rest of the rent & t there is the 5/- I
4got from you the other day I hope it has rested that dear tired heart
5to be with Miss Ellis & Mrs Milhall.
7 I didn’t mean to be cross dear this morning, but I’m so tired.
8Would you like me to write to Stead the editor of the P.M.G. & ask him
9to see you. He’s one of my greatest friends in England, & you & he
10will I think sympathise very much on religious matters. I’ve waited
11here till 10.30 but I think you won’t come till the 12 train so
12I’m going back. My darling I want so much to make your stay here
13happy. I came back from Italy this year just because I thought you
14would perhaps be lonely here, & I couldn’t bear you to know the
15agony of loneliness I have felt in England. We can’t do much for
16each other in this world after all.
18 Love from a long way off Olive