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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.68
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
After Start: 8 November 1893
; Before End: 28 December 1893
|Address From||Middelburg, Eastern Cape
|Who To||Mary Sauer nee Cloete
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Mary Sauer nee Cloete, 8 November 1893, NLSA Cape Town, Special Collections, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
Darling I've been very ill since I was here nearly dead! Oh, I long so
4: to have you back in Africa. I heard today from Sir Charles Scanlen
5: that you were coming out. I felt too glad for anything. Do you know
6: that Ella Shippard is engaged. I heard from her yesterday but have not
7: yet written.
I don't think I shall ever marry, dear. I've just strength for my work
10: nothing else! & not that hardly.
When you pass Madeira, if you have not too many chairs chairs for
13: yourself to bring out, (don't bother if you have) could you bring me
14: out 4 arm chairs for 5/- each, & a sofa & table which must not come to
15: more than another £1 - £2 in all I'll send you the money as soon as
16: you land.
I hope it has been a good time in Europe: & I'm sure it will be
19: beautiful when you come home.