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Letter ReferenceJohn X. Merriman MSC 15/1913:150
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 25 July 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn X. Merriman
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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. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Dear Mr Merriman
3 Yesterday afternoon came the sad news & at a quarter past two this
4morning I heard the train go past with his body. It was so improbable
5to realize it was Sauers body going by. I would have sat up at the
6station to watch for its coming but I knew Mary would be asleep worn
7out with much watching & sorrow, & I could not see her.
9 I deeply sympathize with you in what I know will be a terrible blow.
10Such life long companionship have a thousand cords that death tears
13 Thank you for your letter.
15 Yours very sincerely
16 Olive Schreiner
18 Friday morning
19 July 25th 1913.