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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/145
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date22 January 1904
Address FromHanover, 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 …You vary strangely as to your appearance & age. When I first saw
2you, at the Cawoods if Mrs Cawood had not told me you were younger
3than Ossie, I should have taken you for 48 at least. After we were
4first married you got so young looking that you might have been 21.
5You aged tremendously from that time you spent the winter in
6Johannesburg & after we went to live there, & you looked very old whe
7when you came from England... If there was only a train! or a cart in
8which one could get about a little I would soon be strong & well. All
9the conditions of life are so bitterly stern here... I am much, much
10better today. Your wife is always thinking of you…