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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/373
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date16 April 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 the six day visit was to Port Elizabeth. He adds ‘We had been to Port Elizabeth, & had been provided with excellent private accommodation, but the house did not suit Olive’s chest & we got rooms – with great difficulty – at King Edward Mansion, near the Donkin monument. I think the great agriculture show was on.'.
1 …I hope so much you found the office in perfect order & not too much
2nx. to be worked up… I wish I could be with you at Healdtown some
3day, but perhaps it’s foolish to want it so… You can’t know what
4bliss, & what delight our six days has been to me. Oh so sweet &
5beautiful & delightful. This time last week I was getting ready to
8 I did not sleep at all last night, all the old throbbing & fever at
9the heart, but I’m much, better much stronger for the change. You
10mustn’t trouble, sweet heart. If it’s impossible for me to live
11here, I’ll find some other place…