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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/361
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date25 March 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToDe Aar, Northern Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract.
1 …I am afraid that ‘my young man’ had a very cold drive. The fire
2was a great success, dear. How good of you to think of it. I am
3ordering three bags from Levenkind & shall keep the fire going. I have
4indeed been getting better & not worse since I returned last Tuesday
5morning… You gave me such a happy beautiful birthday, & my present
6in the cupboard in the dining room is so valued by me because of the
7old heart that thought of it... The locusts are here in millions today
8cleaning off everything. You cannot see the ground for them. There
9seems little hope for this poor land. It sometimes seems to me that a
10strange curse does rest on Africa, & yet how one loves it. Thank you
11for your wire; I feel so much better this morning…