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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/85
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date29 June 1903
Address FromUitkyk, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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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.
1 …It was so beautiful to have you here. It all seems quite homelike
2now. I listen to the trains going past in the night & thought of you
3in yours, & wished I had asked you to write when you got down, as
4there are so many mishaps nowYou are better in a way as far as the
5acute rheumatism goes, but in a way you look nearly as ill as when you
6came up to Hanover that time with Martial Law. Do you remember? You
7need fresh air, exercise & plenty of hot or cold baths to stimulate
8the circulation, & no mental worries!! It has left quite an ache in my
9heart, my darling one, to see you looking so tired… I took Neta out
10for a tiny walk this morning...
12 It is so sweet to have seen you here. You don’t know how different
13it made everything here seem; & strangely, that restless tired feeling
14I’ve had seems much less. I feel almost as if I could write stories
15to-day. One’s state of feeling has everything to do with one’s
16power of artistic production…