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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/416
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date25 September 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToDe Aar, Northern Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract. The ‘whole chapter’ Schreiner wanted to finish concerns From Man to Man.
1 …I had a delightful journey here as far as sun & sunlight went. I
2began to breathe as soon as I got on the rise above De Aar… I got
3here about 10 o’clock. The dear Burgers had got the house open &
4beautifully aired & were even here to welcome me. Dear Ida ?Curzat had
5had it beautifully swept & cleaned. The Burgers asked me over to
6dinner there, so I had a very nice homecoming. I found bread, milk,
7eggs & butter on the table & some fig jam from Ida. Wasn’t it good
8of them!... The mierkats are so wild with happiness. The house is
9beautifully cool. I am going to try to get a whole long chapter
10finished in this fortnight… I feel how much I have gained by the
11change. I have no shortness of breath & no cough. I’m quite well…