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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/279
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date2 November 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, and that this letter was some pages long.
1 …On the 9th or 10th I will return to Hanover spending one day there.
2If I were getting better here I would stay on whatever it cost, but I
3am getting steadily worse. I cannot now walk even as when I left De
4Aar. I see place makes no difference was in the real progress of the
5disease, so I must not stay here spending all. I have in the last
6fourteen days only twice been out of the house for a walk & then I had
7to lie at the end of the croquet-ground and could get no further,
8the pain & faintness are more persisting than at De Aar. Dear, with
9all your work I do not wish to tell you this, but I am very ill,
10unless some change comes I shall not have very long still… Perhaps I
11ought to have gone to Europe last year while I could still travel, but
12oh, to say goodbye to you & know it was forever… I have never before
13been at all like this…