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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/29
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date19 October 1898
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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Legend
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 onto this extract, with where it was sent from implied by its place in the sequence of extracts.
1 You know, my dear o one, ever since I was a little child, life in a
2city has always been intolerable to me. Only you could make it
3tolerable to me. ... If I saw you I think I would just go to sleep…
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Notation
Cronwright-Schreiner has written a comment about his editing of this letter: 'But why not quote in full the letter that contains “much on her art”', which is presumably what the original letter was concerned with.