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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.16
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMarch 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 189
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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. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
3 Dear Mary
5 I saw Mr Sauer this morning when he went past.
7 I am coming down to Town. Again my nephew has changed his plans. He
8cannot stop stop with me here, as we intended but goes on to town
9tomorrow. I shall come down as soon as I have finished an article I am
10working at & which must go off by this ^next^ week's mail to England. I
11am sitting up every night till two or three at my work, & feel tired,
12& shall be glad of change. I may come any time from Sunday to
13Wednesday. On Thursday I have to leave again with my sister-in-law &
14the children for Grahamstown If I can't go with them but have to wait
15a few days I wish you would come with me. I'll have all that long
16journey alone.
18 I'll send you a card or wire to say just when I'm coming. I'll go to
19Pools Hotel first & then to you if you'll have me
21 Olive
23 Its beautiful of you to be helping me with Peter
Rive's (1987) version of this letter has been misdated, omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.