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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/267
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 17 October 1906 ; Before End: 18 October 1906
Address FromMatjesfontein, 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. Robert Hemming was married to Olive Schreiner’s sister Alice, who predeceased him. The ‘half a chapter’ was probably in From Man to Man.
1 …I’ve got half a chapter done since I came here. 18th Did I tell
2you that, when Bessie Findlay heard that Robert was dying, she went
3over to Johannesburg to see him & stay with him to the end, the
4hospital nurses refused to let her see him. He was so fond of her, &
5it would have been such a comfort to him. These hospital nurses are