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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/393
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 17 May 1907 ; Before End: 20 May 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 room was in the house in De Aar they were having built.
1 …I watched your cart till if went round the foot of the Spitz Kop, &
2out of sight. The dear old slippers are lying on the floor of your
3room. Your face looked so beautiful & sweet... I am going to get the
4big tin box in & pack away my papers this morning, Of course you may
5read them all & go over them if you like if I die first; there is
6nothing of mine I don’t like you to see. This afternoon I am going
7to try & go on with (a) new chapter of my book, & also to copy out the
8last one, so many papers every day, so that I have one to keep & one
9to send to England to typewrite… If the room were ready, I could
10come over for a couple of days & watch you play golf.
The chapter that Schreiner might ‘go on with’ was from From Man to Man.