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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.55
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 18 June 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
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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. Content indicates Schreiner was in Matjesfontein when it was written.
1 Saturday night
3 I'm going really to answer your letter. I cant tonight. I shall think
4of you when I'm lying in bed & wish you were here to talk to.
6 I've been able to work a little the last two days, of which I'm so
7glad. I want so much to finish this book by the end of August. I don't
8mind your showing the little story to any one provided it doesn't go
9to England. I liked your letter so much.
11 Give my hearty friendly greetings to Ella Shippard. If I don't go away
12if would be so lovely if she would come & spend some days with me when
13the weather gets warmer. I should like it so much.
15 Olive
17 Jack, Mr Logan's dog, was found dead behind the wood house door the
18other morning. We think he must have been frozen to death
20 ^Do you know much of Mrs Gill? You & she would love each other so much,
21if you could once get below each others surfaces.^
'This book' which Schreiner wanted to finish by the end of August is likely to be the 'sex book' which was destroyed when Schreiner's house in Johannesburg was badly damaged during the South African War; it was re-written as her two 'Woman' articles and then Woman and Labour.