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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/232
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date7 August 1905
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
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.
1 …The cold here is wonderful; sharper than anything I’ve ever known
2even in Hanover, but it’s suiting me splendidly. I slept with my
3door open last night, but Ollie, though wrapped up well in her blanket,
4 whined so much that I took her under my down quilt beside me. I went
5for a little walk this evening, & have come back with that nice
6burning feeling all over… It froze so hard last night that the stew
7in the pantry was frozen solid all through. One could take it up, meat
8& gravy & all, & hold it up in one solid cake…