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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.79
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday October 1894
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 241
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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 Saturday
3 Darling Mary,
5 The sickness of stomach still goes on day & night so I can't write
6much to any one. I'd like to see you & talk.
8 Is that Miss Herold who killed herself the one they called May, & who
9went home to England in the same steamer with me? I somehow feel so
10anxious to know.
12 We have got a little trap & horse now, so when you come to Kimberley I
13will be able to send in & fetch you every day!!
15 I send in to the station every Saturday, to fetch some strawberry I
16have sent from Stellenbosch, & if are so sweet as to send me up any
17plants or cuttings any time if they are timed to arrive at the station
18on Saturday I get them at once.
20 I've hundreds of things to say, but I can't say them in a note.
22 Good bye dear Heart. Did you ^get the pamphlet on marriage I sent you?
23 OS^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.