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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.78
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 October 1894
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 240-1
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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 Kimberley
3 Sep Oct 5 / 94
5 Dear one, Did Mrs Salt send you Carpenter's new pamphlet on
6"Marriage"? If she did not tell me & Ill send you one he's sent me
7three. It's very good: I think you will think so too.
9 Oh I wish you could have come up. I am alone; Cron has gone to attend
10a dinner in Cradock that the Farmers Progressive Association is giving
11him, & then he is going to visit his mother, so I shall be alone till
14 When Cron goes down to Cape Town in May I shall tell to go & see you
15often. Perhaps you could make up a party & go up the mountain. If all
16goes well my baby will be born then, but will be too small for me to
17go too.
19 If you've any common flower seeds out of your own garden (Mary golds &
20such things) I did like so to have some to put in the garden I am
21making because they came from you. I'm just digging up my garden &
22laying it out. It's funny I'm much stronger than before I was pregnant.
24 I wish I could see your little ones. I've told Captain Marriott to go
25& call on you.
27^He will like to see you.
29Your Olive^
31^Don't forget me.^
33^Is Ella Shippard married yet? I wrote to her but have not heard. This
34is a dear little house I'm getting to love it like a snail does its
35shell. We've bought it.^
The pamphlet referred to is: Edward Carpenter (1894) Marriage in Free Society Manchester: Labour Press Society. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.