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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.71
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 24 March 1894
Address FromMolteno, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 236
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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 Molteno
2 Sunday evening
3
4 Darling Mary,
5
6 I got your letter yesterday morning at East London just before I
7started. Some very kind people here ^from England of course^ have asked
8us to spend some days here on our way home.
9
10 I am so glad to feel you are back in this country.
11
12 Krantz Plaats
13 P.O. Halesowen
14 March 24th 1894
15
16 I got so far at Molteno on our way home, dear, but couldn't finish.
17
18 I got such a beautiful letter from Mrs Salt today & from many other
19English friends. I'm so happy that all my friends loved you so. Mrs
20Philpot
also wrote to me today. I wish I could have introduced you to
21many many more of my friends Darling I can't let you send me all those
22chairs & sofa. You can give me one & tell me how much the others came
23to please; & will you let them come by goods not passenger train, as
24it's so much cheaper. I am so sorry Nurse is leaving you. If you do
25want a governess would not the best thing be to get one through Miss
26Molteno
? Is might personally know some one who might suit you. Are the
27children developing much? Tell me about them.
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29 I am so peaceful & happy with my husband dear. He is not only
30unspeakably gentle & tender to me; but I feel it is good for us to be
31together. He is much dearer & nearer to me than he was a month ago
32when I married him.
33
34 Good bye, dear heart. Never forget what glorious possibilities there
35are for attaining the good & beautiful in your life, just as it is.
36
37 ^Your own Olive^
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.