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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.19
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: 190-1
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
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. Schreiner was resident in Matjesfontein from mid April 1890 to mid March 1891, with occasional short visits elsewhere.
1 Darling Mary
2
3 I send you a few American reviews a publisher sent me this morning.
4Please send them on to my Mother in enclosed envelope. I never read
5reviews. I know some kind & sympathetic people & reviewers often are,
6but its ?after always painful to hear people discuss ones work as if
7you loved a man utterly, it would be painful to hear anyone talk of
8your love for him, or his for you.
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10 I was very ill in Grahamstown & have had to come back.
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12It is cold & rainy here, but I love Matjesfontein with all my heart.
13Write me a few lines. I love you.
14
15 Olive
16
Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.