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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/222
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date2 July 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToDe Aar, Northern Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract.
1 …Yesterday afternoon I went to see ---- ^Mrs. Jan du Toit^ as I heard
2she was ill with a bad throat. I was glad to get back into my own
3little house with the Winged Victory & Adela’s picture on the wall &
4all the nice things. I had a bit of sore throat & asthma myself last
5night, but took remedies at once & am as jolly & well as ever this
6morning… Ollie slept with me again last night & never stirred from
7the time I went to bed, till a little black nose looked out at me in
8the morning. She seems quite happy today, is sleeping before the fire
9now, l & comes up & licks my hand. It’s wonderful how sleeping
10together makes animals & humans beings love, as nothing else does! I
11suppose the feeling is very deep because it’s an old, old racial
12feeling, growing up through the long years when in nests & dens
13creatures that were related & belonged to each other slept together…
14I am very well today; feel as if I could climb the Spitz Kop…