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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/182
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date8 September 1904
Address FromCape Town, Western 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, and that Alice Greene and Betty Molteno were considering building a house in Port Elizabeth.
1 …Thank you my husband for the letter I got this morning. It made all
2the day seem lighter… Sweet little Neta is on my bed sleeping. She
3is really too sweet & good. No trouble to take about anywhere.
4Tomorrow I go up to the Highlands. I take Neta with me as she will be
5lonely here all day. I shall have to walk all the way. I am going to
6see dear old father’s coffin, standing in mother’s room… The
7undertaker will take father’s coffin to Maitland for the Highlands,
8driving all the way. Ettie & I will go with it & see it put into the
9grave there & arrange the flowers; then we will go to the little
10mother’s grave where Will & his family & Emma Earp & hers will meet
11me, & we will take the little mother’s body & put it on the top of
12father’s. It seems so sweet to me that they should rest so at last
13in one grave. So perhaps you & I will rest too one day, but I hope
14mine will be the bottom one. I am very well, not a touch of asthma in
15spite of the rain & wet...
17 There’s to be one room for me for my very own where I can always
18come when I want to. They are so in love with our little house; they
19want to have one very much like it. It is a dear little house…