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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.8
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 February 1891
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
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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. Schreiner was mainly resident in Matjesfontein from March 1890 to December 1892, with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere, including Cape Town.
1 Thanks melons splendid. Logan thanks.
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3 I'm going to Worcester Wednesday, return here Thursday evening. Hope
4you be in Worcester Wednesday. I stay at my sister's. Where you?
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6 Haste Olive
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8 Trying to get two things done for the M April reviews, very busy.
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Notation
The 'things for the April reviews' refers to the first of Schreiner's 'A Returned South African' essays, but which was in the event published in July 1891; see: "Stray Thoughts on South Africa" Fortnightly Review July 1891, vol 50, pp.53-74. A set of the essays was to have been published as 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa'. However, although prepared for publication, a dispute with a US publisher and the events of the South African War (1899-1902) prevented this. They and some other essays were posthumously published as Thoughts on South Africa.