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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/295
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 24 November 1906 ; Before End: 25 November 1906
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address ToHanover, Northern Cape
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 257
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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. He also comments that Olive Schreiner had enclosed a letter from his mother. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters…. The book that Schreiner was ‘writing at’ is From Man to Man.
1 …I don’t know when I’ve ever for years been so well as today.
2I’ve worked & written from this morning till now, 10.30 p.m…. The
3wrole whole morning still writing at my book...
5Louie went to see your friend, Mrs Brown yesterday, & if she were
6not so devoted to you, I think you wd. be jealous, for she thinks our
7dear old boy the finest man, every way, she has ever known; sensible
, don’t you think? I cannot tell you all the good things she
9said of him, but good & brave above most men…