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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.77
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSeptember 1894
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Capena
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 240
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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. Schreiner was resident in Kimberley from early August 1894 to November 1898.
1 Darling
3 Please address this letter to Mrs Salt, I've forgotten her address.
5 I got a long beautiful letter from dear Ed Carpenter today. I long so
6sometimes to see all my beautiful friends in England. It's so terribly
7lonely in this country; if it wasn't for my beautiful husband I
8couldn't stay here. I wish you knew him well; you would love him so
11 I am glad to think I am going to have a little child, especially that
12I can teach it.
14 Try to come up when you can.
16 If I wasn't expecting the little one I would come down to Cape Town
17now for a couple of weeks, but I am afraid it would not be good for it.
19 I suppose I shall have rather a hard time as it is a first & it will
20be all the harder because I am not so young, but I don't mind at all
21if I live to rear it.
23 Is Ella Shippard married yet, or her father? Do you often hear from
24her. Write soon to me. She I should like to lie on the bed & have a
25long talk with you.
27 Olive
29 ^You can read my letter to Mrs Salt, but there's not much news in it.
31 O.S^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.