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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/476
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date15 November 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToRosebank, Cape Town, Western Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract, and also that he was at Rosebank on business for a client. Olive Schreiner was not surprisingly nervous at being alone in the new house, as ‘On the 29.10.08, a man named W. E. Roberts of De Aar went up to our house & offered a gun as security for some money he wanted to borrow. Olive sent me a note to the office, supposing h he was off his head. He was a bad lot & was hanged four years later at Port Elizabeth for murdering his mistress with a knife.’.
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