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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/46
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date16 September 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern 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, that ‘Olive sends me up some MS. to be typed & asks me if possible to bring back a typewriting machine.’ and that her letter reported on the efforts that Oom Jan Cilliers of Hanover and others were making for him to administer the estate of Oom Piet du Toit.
1 …My own sweetheart, I wonder if you know how my heart is running out
2to you. Tomorrow is Alfred’s birthday & you will appear in all your
3glory & top hat & long and long coat!...
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5 I am trying to move into Naude’s house. I can’t do it all in one
6day. I and the boy go up & down with hand cart loads & it will take us
7several days, but I hope we will be settled right & tight when you
8come. Ollie is quite pathetic the way she sits on your window to see
9if you are coming… We’ll have a happy rest together in our little
10house & I’ll get well & run about like the little speckled pig that
11no one could catch. Oom Piet died last night…
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13 Oom Jan is going to see all the children at the funeral on Thursday at
14the farm…
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