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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.67
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSeptember 1893
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 224-5
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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.
1 Darling
3 Thanks so much for the ?drapers. ?There's very nice. I enclose the
6 Thanks my darling so much for the chair. In it or out of it my
7thoughts will be often with thee. Mary, you are developing very fast,
8& perhaps when you go out into the Cape in two or three months time
9you see, you will be less of a child in every way than you have ever
10been in your husbands eyes, & a quite new & much more beautiful
11relationship than you have ever known may spring up between you. You
12see, when two people have been parted long for good or for evil they
13start quite afresh. You have to go through the phase of development.
15 I got very beautiful letters from Cron this week. I know you would
16love him dear, & always feel our house was your true home, & a home to
17your children. We would have jolly long evenings chatting out side if
18you came to us & you might be in your own by big chair. I sail
19certainly in the Dunottar Castle on the 6th of October They've given
20me one of the splendid officers cabin's on deck, & midships, the
21officer kindly going below for me & I shall have my favourite Captain
22Robinson. Everyone is so kind & good to me I feel quite oppressed.
24 Your Olive
26 ^Please dear send me the address of that stay maker Do you think she
27could make me a pair in a week
29 ^Write a note & tell me your plans^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.