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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/218
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date8 May 1905
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, and that Ons Jan was Jan Hofmeyr and the newspaper was the Cape Times.
1 …The two dogs are sleeping in the ^two^ arm chairs. I think like
2someone else they are longing for the old man back. My article will
3appear in tomorrow’s or the next day’s issue... It’s a pity you
4were not here to bring in the motion about the guns yourself They say
5things are very interesting in the House now; but I haven’t been:
6the House seems dull with out a certain dark “quai” little man
7sitting on the back porch. I went to see Ons Jan yesterday afternoon.
8He was very glad to see me & very friendly… He wants to know know
9whether you can take a nephew of his in your office, not for payment,
10but just to put in a few hours work a day, & later, if the climate
11suits him, to be articled to ?Meyer. with Ons Jan seriously anxious
12you should take him… I send you both News & Times. Please to send
13the Times back to me. I see there’s a long leading article onr me,
14but my hearts is too bad for me to read it now...
The article appearing the next day is Schreiner's 'Letter on The Taal', published in the Cape Times 10 May 1905 (p.9); it also appears in a shortened version as Appendix E in (ed) Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin.