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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/271
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 23 October 1906 ; Before End: 25 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. Cronwright-Schreiner has written the date and where it was sent from onto this extract.
1 …All my life I have found that I do my best work in the early hours
2of the day. Strange to think of you having heat & dust! It is only too
3cold here… Yes, Paul’s history is small; that exactly expresses
4it… In heaven there shall be no more sea & no more wind!... I’m so
5glad you took Old Party out a little… I thought you would like
6Coniston. I wonder if you will notice a curious fault at the
7end, it’s not a fault in writing, it’s a curious sort of moral
8twist which the writer seems quite unconscious of…