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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mary Sauer MSC 26/2.11.98
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 January 1896
Address FromCommercial Hotel, Middelburg, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Sauer nee Cloete
Other VersionsRive 1987: 261
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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. Schreiner has dated this letter 1895, although it is clearly meant to be 1896.
1 Commercial Hotel
2 Middelburg
3 Jan 10 / 95
4
5 Dear Mary
6
7 Thank you so much for the papers & the wire. Here we get our
8newspapers regularly, but the they tell one little of what one wants
9to know. Is it true that Rhodes is drinking himself to death, &
10completely broken down? That is the report here, most probably one of
11the endless lies. Do tell me if it is untrue.
12
13 I do wish I were in Cape Town now. I have been asked to wire or write
14^my views^ to some English papers; but I can't do it now. I can't strike
15Rhodes if he is so utterly broken down. I have seen this fall coming
16for so many years but no one could save ^him^ it from it: he had to ride
17to it. The dear old Boers have come out well in all this.
18
19 Goodbye, dear.
20 Yours ever & ever
21 Olive
22
23 Address to Middelburg we shall be here for a month.
24
Notation
The wire referred to cannot be established. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.