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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/384
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date5 May 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 266
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …Weary, dreary, mizzle & wind. A dark grey sky from which thunder &
2lightening sometimes comes... I have got another letter asking me to
3go to England to lecture for the Socialists on the Woman Question.
4Well, I haven’t got my marching orders yet. The day may come when I
5shall. There is something r rises in me, not a guide to anyone else,
6but for myself; where, when it says ‘go’, I go; but, when it
7doesn’t speak, I wait. That must have been what Socrates meant by
8his Demon, & what Christians mean by the voice of God in answer to
9prayer: What it really is, I suppose, is the result of of long
10unconscious balancing in the mind suddenly coming to a result & that
11result flashing out on the conscious reason, or perhaps, rather, being
12flashed on by it… I hope it went well about the Gold mine business
13at the meeting…
15 I went to see the Cronwrights this afternoon …