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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.102
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date6 May 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 275-6
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Darling
3 I would advise you not to take Dorothy to England at all but to send
4her to Miss Moltenos at Port Elizabeth. You know my horror of schools,
5well if l had a child & had to part with it I would send it there. If
6l were to die & leave a child I would leave it to Miss Molteno's care.
7You've conception what a great woman she is, & what a sweet &
8beneficent influence runs through that school.
10 I know she & Miss Green will take Dorothy to their hearts, &
11sympathize with the childs high strung sensitive nature I will write
12to them myself, & they will take a special interest in her. I am sure
13you would never regret sending her there. My friend Mr Lloyd has a
14daughter at their school. When they took her up to Johannesburg she
15fretted & got quite ill with longing to go back to Miss Moltenos &
16they had to send her
18 Olive
20 ^Write & let me know what you think of this plan. You never know Miss
and Miss Green till you see them in their school.
23 Olive^
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.