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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/152
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date26 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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract.
1 …My dear Husband, this is your birthday night. I hope you had a good
2day, & I hope someone gave you a good dinner. (The heavy rains) would
3have made the bushes beautiful in spring. This veld doesn’t grow
4like the real Karroo veld: it’s a slower colder veld. I don’t like
5it like the real Karroo. If I ever left Hanover I don’t think I
6should ever want to see it again... I have got that little Viljoen
7sleeping here tonight. She is only a child; but it’s nice to feel
8there is someone in the house. I shouldn’t have spoken so sharply
9about poor old Wilson. After all he does his best & is very kindly. I
10have been lying in bed all day reading the History of the French
11Revolution... I have had quite a pleasant day; I feel all right as
12long as I be still, but when I get in the upright position & move
13about I get a bit dizzie. Wilson says it is only enemia of the brain
14from weakness, & I am eventually getting steadily better. It is quite
15cold here...