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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/197
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date17 December 1904
Address FromPretoria, Transvaal
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. 'Words In Season' is the sub-title of Schreiner’s An English South African’s View of the Situation.
1 …We had a splendid day for the funeral yesterday, cool & grey,
2cloudy, but no rain… I am perfectly well… Did you know that De Wet
3can speak English perfectly? The more you see him the more you like
4him. He surprised me by quoting in English a whole passage from Words
5in Season
… Yesterday Malan & seven of his Commando were here to see
6me, Cloete I promised to go out to ?Langloofte where Malan’s parents
7are tomorrow afternoon; Mrs Van Heerden is there & all the Commando
8are coming. Such a fine looking fighting lot when they are together…
'Words in Season' refers to Schreiner's An English South African's View of the Situation, originally published in the South African News over three successive days; see 'Words in Season. An English South African's View of the Situation' South African News 1 June 1899 (p.8), 2 June 1899 (p.8) and 3 June 1899 (also p.8). It was also reprinted in a number of other newspapers. It then was published as a pamphlet, then as a book. A second edition of the book was ready but withdrawn from publication with Hodder and Stoughton by Schreiner when the South African War started in October 1899, so as not to profit from this.