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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.85
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Thursday January 1895 ; Before End: April 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 247
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Content indicates the letter was written before the birth and death of Schreiner?s baby daughter. She was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Thursday
3 My sweet old Mary
5 I send you a photograph of myself. I will send you one soon of Cron &
6myself sat taken together. I never hear a word of news from anyone in
7Cape Town now: but I hope you are all alive & well. I am very strong &
8well, more really well that I have ever been since I was sixteen. I
9never have asthma any more, & am very busy writing all the time. As
10for my life with my husband it seems to grow more beautiful to me
11every day: the hard thing is that death has to come & divide you some
12day. I never hated death so much as I have the last few months. I
13never felt like this to it before.
15 Write & tell me all about yourself.
16 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.