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Letter ReferenceG.W. Cross MS 14, 462/10
ArchiveCory Library, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 1894 ; Before End: 1899
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToG.W. Cross
Other VersionsRive 1987: 259
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The Project is grateful to the Cory Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections. Content shows the letter was written after Schreiner's marriage but before the South African War started; it dates most likely from 1895 or 1896.
1 Yes, dear Friend, marriage has been a very rich & beautiful
2development of my life. Month by month as we live together we seem to
3come nearer to each other; & to feel a more complete fellowship. I do
4not feel that it in any way fetters or narrows my world - it seems
5rather to enlarge it.
7 Did you receive the photograph I sent you. I will send you another
8soon which is better. I am sending you by this post also a little set
9of poems which you may not have seen. The friend who sent it me & many
10of the home critics think very highly of it. To me it seems not poetry
11only good verse, but you may see it in another light.
13 Good bye. I am so glad you are so well again. My Husband sends his
14friendliest greetings.
16 Yours affectly
17 Olive Schreiner
The poems enclosed with this letter cannot be established. Rive's version of the letter omits part of it and is also in a number of respects incorrect.