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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/255
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date24 August 1906
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
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 and where it was sent from onto this extract.
1 …It’s a beautiful, absolutely calm perfected morning, such as one
2absolutely unknown at Hanover or De Aar - like a fine morning at
3Cradock only fresher & brighter. The birds are twittering & the
4glorious old mountains dreaming in the sun… I hope you are having
5beautiful rest, dear husband… Matjesfontein is just as delightful &
6peaceful as ever. I suppose it’s partly all the association with the
7past that makes it so unspeakably sweet to me. I could cry with a
8feeling of which I don’t know whether it’s joy or sadness when I
9look at the beautiful old hills. I feel as if I’d like to get out my
10papers & begin to write...
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