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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/407
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date12 June 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 …My old man (who is much sweeter to me than that brand new young man
2of 30 that I shall have someday”. My breath is curiously short of
3late, shorter than it’s ever been before. Do try & have your golf
4every day so that you don’t go down to Town “a wreck”… I do
5hope… is not playing down to Jameson & co. The ways of a Dutchmen
6are past finding out! If an Englishman plays a double game he is a
7scoundrel: if a Dutchman plays, he is not necessarily all round
8because he believes himself to be quite right in playing it. It’s
9only to be accounted for ll by their long servitude…