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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/365
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date26 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 …It was so sweet of you to send me that wire yesterday. I am better
2this morning. I slept some, as the Yankies say, last night. The
3locusts have carried off everything, except the sand & stones & the
4milk bushes; the army was eight hours passing, eating & settling &
5then flying on all the time. If I am better I should like to go Port
6Elizabeth; I should so like to see the show… Miss Viljoen let her
7little servant girl come & sleep here with me last night. It was nice
8because she could lie could lie on the floor quite close to my bed & I
9knew I could easily call her…