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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/344
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 17 February 1907 ; Before End: 19 February 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 Olive Schreiner had just come in from seeing her friend Miss Viljoen.
1 …My girl Lena is really splendid….
3 8.30pm. My god, Cron, I nearly got my wish! & “was looking out of
4the window, when there came the most tremendous clap & flash I ever
5felt. The lightening seemed to fall a few yards from the house between
6this & the pump. I thought I was struck at first, I felt quite stiff
7down my left side. Ollie ca ran howling into the dining room & under
8the table. It wasn’t like a thunder peal, it was just one crack
9short & sharp on the top of your head…