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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.32
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateJuly 1891
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 193
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Content indicates Schreiner was in Cape Town when it was written. The final insertion is written on the attached envelope and is a message to Mary Sauer's husband designed to amuse.
1 Darling Mary,
3 Did I make you sorry last night teasing you so! I am so "cussed" some
4times & must tease people, & yesterday just because I felt so
5dispirited I was "cusseder" than usual.
7 I don't think you are unusual vain, dear, but I haved to tease
8somebody!!! Did Mr Sauer tell you I wanted you & him to go with me to
9Houts Bay next Sunday. But now I don't see how it is to be managed as
10you have Miss Frost still with you. I want you & Mr Sauer, & Mr & Mrs
& Ella & my niece Maggie & Se Mr Curry if he'll come; ^(I'd like
12to ask Mr Rhodes^ but I know he wouldn't come) & that will fill the
13wagon with me. So we'll put it off it next Sunday week, or what do you
16 Your little nasty
17 Olive
19 ^You'll come to me at Matjesfontein & I'll ?love up ^^so^^ up & take such
20care of you youll be quite rested. You can sleep on my ?stove. Come &
21see me tomorrow if you can
23 ^Mrs Sauer
24 c/o Hon J Sauer
25 Not to Be Carried in his pocket for a month^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.