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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.57
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 September 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 209
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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.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Sep 25 / 92
4 My dear Mary,
6 Thank you for your letter. I'd been meaning to write any how - though
7I've no news. I get up every morning before six, go for a walk, go
8over to have breakfast & get my letters, & for the rest sit here &
9read & write.
11 About England. My darling you will never be anything but a pleasure to
12me any where; my only fear is you might be disappointed. A young girl
13with no home or ties I know would be happy; but if you leave your
14husband & children ^& home^ perhaps you wont find England even for a few
15months as nice as Kenilworth. We lonely women march about the world &
16one place is much like another to us!!
18 I may have to go to America almost at once to see about the publishing
19& copyrights there, but if I can get Mr Will to manage my business, &
20he seems trust worthy I shall leave it all to him, & shall stay in
21London & Paris or go down the Rhine, which you would love.
23 I know by experience I can make a woman so perfectly happy who lives
24with me, if she hasn't got a home of her own, she never wants to go
25away again, - though I am such a dry person - but I should be so
26afraid that you would get "home sick." Next winter, I mean the Xmas
27after next, I want to go to Greece, & at the end of the winter on to
30 I'm so well again & getting on nicely with my work, but the last days
31have been cold & damp.
33 I hope you will have a fine day for Ceres. I leave next Sunday for
34Kimberley but shall only stay a couple of days.
36 Why can't you & Ella Shippard come on here on Sunday morning & go on
37to Kimberley with me; it's only £3,0,0 return fare from here. We
38would have a fine time.
40 Good bye.
41 Thine
42 Olive
44 I like so exceedingly that article of Miss Shaw's on Basuto-land the
45only one I've seen. I wish I had met her in Town.
'That article of Miss Shaw's' is: Flora Shaw 'Basutoland' Cape Times 24 September 1892 (p.4). Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.