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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/19
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 8 December 1896 ; Before End: 11 December 1896
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address ToPort Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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Legend
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract.
1 …My own husband, I never missed you as I did this afternoon. Such a
2terrible depression came over me when you went… I never felt like
3that when you went away before. What a terrible thing Death must be…
4Tomorrow I’m going to get up very early & begin at Peter again I had
5such a splendid sleep last night, went to bed at 9 & slept till five
6this morning without waking, & then slept right on till 7… I am
7enclosing you a letter from Theo because, if I open it, it may quite
8upset me, & I must copy out Peter Halket this week; keep it for me
9till you come back you can read it…
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Notation
The reference to 'Peter' is to Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland.