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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/334
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date28 January 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern 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 ‘I think, by this time, I had sold the Hanover business & concentrated on De Aar.’.
1 …I walked up & down for a long time after you went you went & sat on
2our beautiful stoep. Your birthday visit was ever much nicer than I
3expected it to be, but I wish the fowl hadn’t been so tough. As I
4heard the cart with you in it pass below Burger’s, beyond the
5cricket ground, there came again to me that curious vivid realisation
6of “the last time” when there can be no word spoken, & no glance
7given, through all eternity… Long after you left, when I let Ollie
8out, she wanted to run away after the cart. I had to run out & catch
9her. The mierkats are sweet…