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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.78
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
|Letter Date||5 October 1894
|Address From||The Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
|Who To||Mary Sauer nee Cloete
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 240-1
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, 5 October 1894, 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.
Sep Oct 5 / 94
Dear one, Did Mrs Salt send you Carpenter's new pamphlet on
6: "Marriage"? If she did not tell me & Ill send you one he's sent me
7: three. It's very good: I think you will think so too.
Oh I wish you could have come up. I am alone; Cron has gone to attend
10: a dinner in Cradock that the Farmers Progressive Association is giving
11: him, & then he is going to visit his mother, so I shall be alone till
When Cron goes down to Cape Town in May I shall tell to go & see you
15: often. Perhaps you could make up a party & go up the mountain. If all
16: goes well my baby will be born then, but will be too small for me to
17: go too.
If you've any common flower seeds out of your own garden (Mary golds &
20: such things) I did like so to have some to put in the garden I am
21: making because they came from you. I'm just digging up my garden &
22: laying it out. It's funny I'm much stronger than before I was pregnant.
I wish I could see your little ones. I've told Captain Marriott to go
25: & call on you.
27: ^He will like to see you.
29: Your Olive^
31: ^Don't forget me.^
33: ^Is Ella Shippard married yet? I wrote to her but have not heard. This
34: is a dear little house I'm getting to love it like a snail does its
35: shell. We've bought it.^
The pamphlet referred to is: Edward Carpenter (1894) Marriage in Free Society
Manchester: Labour Press Society. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.