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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.92
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date3 June 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 253
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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.
1 The Homestead
2 June 3rd 1895
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4 My darling Mary
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6 Thankyou so much for your letter.
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8 Do you know I was starting off with Cron this evening for Cape Town.
9Have all my things packed But now I don't feel well enough. I'm afraid
10I might break down on the road. unreadable Cron won't go without me;
11so we & he says he won't leave me at all. If I am stronger perhaps we
12shall come down next week. Would you wire me next Saturday what the
13weather is like; if it is wet & foggie & likely to stop so, or fine
14for Cape Town winters we shall only stop a few days if we come. But
15Cron has important business there; & he won't leave. I think the
16journey & change of scenery will do me good, if I'm physically strong
17enough for it. But just going a little drive yesterday knocked me up
18completely so I shant be able to leave before next Sunday at earliest.
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20 Thank you for Kate Salts letter. When you write to her
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22^tell her I'll write soon.
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24 Yours ever dear one
25 Olive^
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.