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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/191
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date19 September 1904
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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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. Cronwright-Schreiner has written the date and where it was sent from onto this extract. He also comments that ‘During this visit, she bought wall paper, linos, carpets &c &c for our house at Hanover.) Her letters to me are frequently long…’.
1 …I have felt so lonely here. I have actually gone out to the ----,
2great Jingoes as they are, & it was such a comfort to sit & talk with
3them about pictures Italy where they have been. What I had is not
4change of air or scene; if anything would cure me & give me my old
5strength of mind & body it would be human companionship & love. What
6was so beautiful in Tamboers Kloof & did me such good was those dear
7beloved Purcells. Oh, if they lived in Hanover & we could go in to see
8them of an evening & sit over the fire chatting, & they could come to