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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/133
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date11 January 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 242
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The Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner were produced by Cronwright-Schreiner in preparing The Life and The Letters of Olive Schreiner. They appear on slips of paper in his writing, taken from letters that were then destroyed; many of these extracts have also been edited by him. They are artefacts of his editorial practices and their relationship to original Schreiner letters cannot now be gauged. They should be read with considerable caution for the reasons given. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …I wonder people who are rich are ever sad, because you could always
2be giving something to someone & doing something for someone. “I am
3glad all the people like you, my dear one, I was sure they would.
4I’m sure you don’t need Oom Jan or anyone but just yourself. Why,
5you made me like you, & that was what no one had ever been able to do
6in the same way before !!!!... Dear one, I felt so anxious & sad about
7you this afternoon; a feeling I have not had ^about you^ once since you
8left. I hope nothing was happening to you, my darling, goodbye, my
9beloved, Olive...