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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/442
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date2 April 1908
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 277
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …This morning I was on the balcony & saw the train come in, with two
2engines & smoke flying, & all going, & I suddenly found myself singing
3& dancing & clapping my hands, just as I always used to in the old
4days when I saw the train at full speed - so now I know I’m better.
5Life is such an awful delight to me if the physical & mental pressure
6is lifted a little. I think Dot has the same sort of feeling, ‘Oh,
7how beautiful to be alive!’ Your mother has sent me a sweet little
8gold safety pin for my birthday. I don’t think I can tell you how I
9prize it...
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