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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/212
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 1 May 1905 ; Before End: 2 May 1905
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 the meerkats were being looked after by the Purcells. The ‘article for the Cape Times’ is “Letter on ‘The Taal’” Cape Times, 10 May 1905, republished as Appendix E in (ed) Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin.
1 …Pouring rain… Anna Purcell was here this morning here for a
2little while this afternoon. She says the mierkats are well...
4 Mrs Cawood’s death means much to me. Dear old memories from my
5childhood up go with her. I wish I could see her grave. It’s nice to
6think she’ll lie one side of the old mountain & I on the top. her
7grave. It’s nice to think she’ll be one side of the old mountain &
8I on the top … I have nearly finished my article for the Cape Times
9on the Taal… ^Is it cold yet cold up there?^ It’s hard to think of
10going back next month. But it isn’t really the cold I mind, it’s
11the being exposed to the women. I’ve got to a point now where I
12don’t ask for love or sympathy as I used to - but I only want
13politeness & respect; & I never can understand how I have forfeited
14theirs. But I know I mustn’t mind these things but rise above
The 'article for the Cape Times' is Schreiner's 'Letter on The Taal', published in the Cape Times 10 May 1905 (p.9); it also appears in a shortened version as Appendix E in (ed) Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin.