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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.68
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 8 November 1893 ; Before End: 28 December 1893
Address FromMiddelburg, Eastern 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Middelburg
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3 Darling I've been very ill since I was here nearly dead! Oh, I long so
4to have you back in Africa. I heard today from Sir Charles Scanlen
5that you were coming out. I felt too glad for anything. Do you know
6that Ella Shippard is engaged. I heard from her yesterday but have not
7yet written.
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9 I don't think I shall ever marry, dear. I've just strength for my work
10nothing else! & not that hardly.
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12 When you pass Madeira, if you have not too many chairs chairs for
13yourself to bring out, (don't bother if you have) could you bring me
14out 4 arm chairs for 5/- each, & a sofa & table which must not come to
15more than another £1 - £2 in all I'll send you the money as soon as
16you land.
17
18 I hope it has been a good time in Europe: & I'm sure it will be
19beautiful when you come home.
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21 Olive
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