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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.28
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMay 1891
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
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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. Content indicates Schreiner was in Cape Town when it was written. Schreiner stayed in Cape Town for most of May to August or September 1891.
1 My darling Mary,
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3 Dear one, do forgive me, I am so very, very, very, tired. I can't
4think how I made the mistake about Thursday. Can't you come to me on
5Tuesday afternoon. I'll try & come out & see you tomorrow evening but
6I'm not sure that I can.
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8 I got some beautiful letters & poems by last mail. I send you one. I'm
9so grateful to people for being so good to me. You are all so good;
10its so wicked of me to be so tired of everything I shall be all right
11when I get back to Matjesfontein & throw myself into some big work,
12not all these little things.
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14 Olive
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