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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.118
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: February 1898 ; Before End: March 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 325
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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 My darling Mary
3 I was so glad to get you letter. All I begin to see is that little
4Paul Oliver will have to have a brother some day or he will be spoiled!
5! I sent him a little dress yesterday. It's made after the pattern in
6which my little Artist friend in Paris makes all her babie's clothes,
7& they always look so comfortable in them on a cold morning. I hope
8the old nurse has left you. That is always such a blessing. You must
9have Pauls likeness taken as soon as ever you can.
11 All going on well with us. We have splendid rains every day, its quite
12cool & delightful. I'm working very hard. I've just bought a type
13writer to help me copy out my big novel. It's nice when life is so
14happy, you wish it could always go on just so! Thats how I feel now.
16 Good bye my darling.
17 I wish I could just have a peep in at you & the small son this morning
18 Olive
The 'big novel' referred to is From Man to Man. Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.