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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.3
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 December 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 183
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Xmas Day.
3
4 Dear Mrs Sauer
5
6 I hope you are having a beautiful time with the children. I was so
7happy on the journey & all the time, I have never enjoyed myself so
8much, & yet I am so glad to be back here in my own little room.
9
10 Thank you for all your great kindness to me; I should have been so
11lonely without you.
12
13 Will you please do something for me, buy a little wedding present for
14Miss Van ?Outshoorn with for about £1. I don't know her address; & I
15don't know what she's got already, I think a table unreadable ring
16would be nice. Please give it her. I'll send the money tomorrow.
17
18 I think I shall be coming down on the last of the month, perhaps a
19little later, it all depends on the news I get. You must tell me if
20you have other visitors & then I'll come & see you, instead of staying
21with you.
22
23 All good be with you, dear. Don't want to feel anymore you feel quite
24enough. If once the floodgates are broken down you'll be sorry & wish
25they were up again. Thank you for your goodness to me.
26
27 Olive Schreiner
28
29 Remember me kindly to Mr Sauer please
30
Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.