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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/40
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date26 August 1902
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 233
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …Your bedstead is smashed & the two side bars gone. Your old desk
2that you gave me has evidently been smashed open with a crowbar… The
3way they have smashed & burnt & broken is something wonderful, there
4is one spoon left & one cup, not a sign of clothes, table linen &c &c.
5All burnt. There is not even a bit of your father’s writing table
6left. I leave this for Pretoria tomorrow morning, will go straight
7from there
not returning here… Wire unreadable care fo
8Advocate Smuts. Goodbye, my own love; I am ^with you^ in thought with
9all the time. I hope you go & get dinner at Oom Jan’s; your little
10wife, Olive…
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