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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/300
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date30 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 and where it was sent from onto this extract, with the place it was sent to implied by its location in the sequence of extracts. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …I hope Old Party will be alive when I go back. You know I think we
2shall just some day find her sitting in the sun dead - died of old age.
3 I don’t know how it is; just as some people have a quite curious
4tenderness over youth & young infancy, so I have always felt quite
5curious tenderness over age. An old person or animal touches the very
6core of my heart, & did so when I was a little child, & very old
7people always love me, I think they feel how I feel for them…