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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.73
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 August 1894
Address FromKrantz Plaats, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 237-8
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Content indicates Schreiner was at Krantz Plaats when it was written.
1 My darling, I understand so perfectly what you mean. It's just because
2one wants to be so absolutely one with another humanbeing & run
3entirely with them them that the difference in the currents of your
4life hurts so.
5
6 Yes, dear, I will accept the chairs from you with Cron & my love. He
7having his midday rest now or he would send a message I'm sure telling
8you how glad we shall be to see you here. He & I went down to the
9river before the house & had a lovely bathe, & sat on the hot rocks
10afterwards & I was thinking how much we should enjoy bathing there,
11you & I.
12
13 Try to come in the winter because that is the nicest time here. In the
14summer it's too hot & blows too much, but in the winter it's perfect.
15I climbed a mountain higher than Table Mountain yesterday & from which
16you have a yet more beautiful view.
17
18 ^Good bye dear.
19 Thy
20 Olive^
21
22 ^I got your letter this morning when I went up to the station to post
23the note I wrote yesterday.^
24
Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter has been misdated, omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.