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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/350
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 4 March 1907 ; Before End: 5 March 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 265
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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 commented that Olive Schreiner had the date of the baby’s death wrong but then realized the mistake was his: ‘30 April. (This is the wrong date).’ There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …I have painted my baby’s little inner coffin, the shell, a
2beautiful pure white with Aspinal’s Enamel & written on it for her
3birthday on the ^30th April^. It is so nice to think it will lie close
4beside me in my coffin. You must take it out of the outer case & put
5the little white shell in by my side, not at my feet dear… I sat up
6writing unreadable at my book very late a night… written
7in the train before you got to Beaufort West…
The book that Schreiner sat up ‘writing at’ is From Man to Man.