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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/110
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date19 August 1903
Address FromPrince Albert, Western Cape
Address ToRondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 239-40
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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, 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 …I think we shall surely leave tomorrow. I hope so, as I want to
2leave for Hanover this week if I can. I shall only sleep one night
3there & go on to Bloemfontein... I wonder if you have returned to Cape
4Town... We drove out yesterday morning, passing first through the
5narrow high gorge out the top of the village which opens into the
6heart of the Zwartberg & is the beginning of the Pass. It is the
7wildest, rockiest thing I have ever seen. We must come here some day
8together. We drove up a wild narrow valley to the left of the Pass &
9passed five farms with vineyards & gardens. At the very top of the
10valley we came to the farm where the orange trees grew. It is about
11two & a half hours from this. We outspanned there & had a cup of
12coffee & then drove back here, calling at two or three farms for a
13minute. There is a wild beauty about these villages with their
14terrific walls of rock that is unlike anything I have ever seen
15anywhere in Africa. Strange I am so wonderfully free from asthma....
16This is a long uninteresting letter but I think you like to know all
17the little things about me, because I like to know them about you...