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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/399
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date29 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.
1 …Glad you made such a good score at golf… About 7 o’clock this
2morning I put out my map & went to the study window. There was a
3wonderful sight. The world as though buried deep in snow, with the
4heaviest frost I have ever seen, & the fog covering the vley & plain
5to the kopjes, all a delicate mauve (that delicate hint one sees
6sometimes in the sunset skies) as the sun began to rise… It was a
7weird feeling to stand there shivering with cold & looking at that
8quite unearthly scene…