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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/128
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date4 January 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToLaingsburg, Western Cape
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, and that there was typhoid in Hanover (something which elsewhere in his comments he denies).
1 …You are now leaving Beaufort West. I got back here all right... All
2success be with you, darling, & better still, may you sacrifice
3nothing for success. I wish Oom Jan was not going, but I suppose you
4know best… Three people died yesterday in the town. Later. Sarah’s
5sister’s child died yesterday afternoon & Abram’s sister’s child,
6 Sarel Visser is worse, 103o last night & the doctors agree now it is