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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/291
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date21 November 1906
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address ToHanover, Northern 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, and also that ‘She writes at some length about a new small newspaper there seemed some likelihood of me starting at De Aar.’.
1 …How does my dear little house look? I love it so. I would b buy it
2from you & keep (it) all my life as a final place of refuge if I had
3money… At the end of two years ^perhaps^ I shall have got better &
4done my book!!! It’s strange how hopeful my nature is. I never seem
5quite able to give up all hope. I only want one small ray of light to
6make me go on, like a donkey after straw
The book that Schreiner hopes to have done is From Man to Man.