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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/391
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date16 May 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 268
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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 ‘Garrett’ is Edmond Garrett. The reference is to a fight between the two Hanover young women. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …So Garrett’s gone! Yes, how short life is. When I look back on
2mine nothing seems real & to make life worth living but the love one
3has given & received. What is all mere success & fame to this. We had
4an awful rain last night. Floods & floods! The Vley is like a river
5round the town.
The ^The case^ is to come before the Church, not the
6Court. They say the language used on both sides was something
7unspeakable, ‘vrieslyk om te hoor’…