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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.97
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 October 1895
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 259
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Legend
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. Content indicates Schreiner was in Kimberley when this letter was written. The end of the letter is missing.
1 Oct 14 / 95
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3 Thankyou so much for your letter. I began really to feel anxious that
4I had no news of you.
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6 All's going very well with us. I'm so strong & well you wouldn't know
7me, because I'm never well in Cape Town. We are both working hard.
8It's very beautiful living with him because our ideas of happiness &
9above all of what is right are so much alike. We never really differ
10there, & that is so much when you have to live side by side. W I am
11working very hard so that we may go to England next year, to print my
12books. Yes, I didn't much like the photo I sent you, but Cron & my
13mother liked it so much that I thought it must be better than the one
14I sent to Mrs Innes.
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16 It must have been lovely down at the sea side I long for a rest, but I
17shouldn't rest if I left my work now. The heat here is
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19[page/s missing]
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.