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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.2
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 5 December 1890
Address FromPine Grove, Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 182-3
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Pine Grove
2 Hof Street
3 Gardens.
4 Cape Town
5 Friday
7 My dear Mrs Sauer
9 Thank you for your letter. & for what you said very much. I would like
10to come on Wednesday if that will quite suit you. By what train shall
11I come?
13 I am so glad to see dear old Cape Town & dear old Table Mountain. My
14little niece is sitting by me so I can't gather my ideas as she is
15"sorting" my envelopes, as she calls it.
17 I have the kumquats from Mrs Logan for you. I will bring them when I
20 Are you quite sure you are going to Bloemfontein because I don't think
21I shall go if you are not. I shall know noone there but the Reitzes &
22the Lochs & shall feel so lonely.
24 Yours very sincerely
25 Olive Schreiner
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.