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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.114
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateNovember 1897
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 319
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Content indicates Schreiner was in Cape Town when it was written.
1 Darling Mary
2
3 It was so sweet to see your face; you are much more beautiful than
4you've ever been before. I wish I had a photograph of you just as you
5looked yesterday afternoon. We shall likely leave on Saturday night
6for Kimberley or Sunday. Cron arrives tomorrow morning. I came down to
7try & get my brother or Innes to take the case & come up to Kimberley.
8I would with joy have paid them £150: but they are both retained by
9de Beers, so couldn't have taken a case which is practically against
10Rhodes, though superficially against old Cornwall. Of course there
11isn't the slightest hope for us against a splendid man like Solomon,
12if we haven't one of the big men. But I don't mind; some day a
13stronger man than Cron with more money to fight with will come along,
14& he will show their evil. I don't believe absolute injustice &
15oppression can go on forever unpunished, though they may go on long,
16so long that one at times almost doubts everything.
17
18 I shall be so glad to be back in my sweet little home in Kimberley
19again. I hope you will get a splendid nurse, one who will make you
20really comfortable.
21
22 Good bye dear one. I wish so little Peter had come while I was here
23that I could be the first person to kiss him & love him.
24
25 Olive
26
Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.