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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/204
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date12 February 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 250-1
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …I’ve read that life of Cavour. It’s exceedingly able. It
2greatly intensifies the feeling I have always had of him, that he was
3in a sense a ‘great’ man though one of the cleverest business men
4the world has ever seen. One feels how right all the modern Italian
5liberals & republicans are in ?placing half of the evils from which
6Italy now suffers, & the break down of the revolution to attain to its
7full end, to him. I think you will agree with me when you read it. Is
8it not wonderful that he hated Mazzini & Garibaldi; he hated them
9instinctively as men like Rhodes hate all believers in truth & lovers
10of freedom. English people have always worshipped Cavour because he
11worshipped England; its monarchy & government by the aristocracy were
12his ideal. Yet he was not a small man, his intellect & his energy were
13too superior for that. We must get a life of Mazzini to read next. He
14was a very little man & stout & didn’t care about his dress - that
15was all to the good, eh?...