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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/156
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date27 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, and also that Olive Schreiner’s letter had gone into details of local sickness and deaths from typhoid.
1 …It has been a lovely day, heaven & earth perfect, the air at no
2time so hot that to go out would be unpleasant. Yet illness & death
3are at work here...
5 I made a little most beautiful jam for you with some of the peaches
6you sent from P’alb Prince Albert. I hope you will like it. To me it
7seems the most beautiful jam I have seen for years. I used to get out
8of bed & go to the kitchen & stir it, & get back again, so you must
9like it! I went for a little walk this afternoon & sat on the kopje on
10the other side of the vlay. It seemed too wicked to be in on such a