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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.119
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 April 1898
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 328
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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.
1 The Homestead
2 April 21st 1898
4 My darling Mary
6 I have just returned today from Johannesburg where we have spent a
7most delightful fortnight with our friends the Lloyds. I have not felt
8so well for years, the air up there is so fine. It's the first time
9I've been able to sleep lying down since I came from England.
11 We met a man from Aliwal this morning who says Mr Sauer swept all
12before him there. I am so glad. Mr Sauer's speech is splendid as
13reported in the Midland News.
15 How is our little Paul? Is he not big enough to have his likeness
18 How terribly sudden the death of Mrs Caldecott's daughter was, which
19took place while we were at Johannesburg. And yet no death could be
20easier & more delightful for the person who dies.
22 Let me know how all goes with you.
24 Olive
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.