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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/421
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date3 October 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 273
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …I’ve just re-read for the third time your interesting letter,
2It’s very interesting about that insect ….
I’ve read the volumes
3of Thealt ^Theall^ since I came here. How utterly he has changed this
4edition since he got in tow with Rhodes & the Bond! He has the face to
5say people may wonder at the changes he has made but he has entirely
6changed his opinion! A funny thing for a man to do who has been making
7a study of South African history all his life! He used to be a great
8friend of the native; now he even attempts to defend slavery. It is
9very sickening. There is nothing I think a man might more wisely pray
10every night than that he may never change & modify his views ?for
11policy & not in the search for truth… ^I am so well this evening,
12dear.^ I am so well this evening, dear. I’ve written so much today.
13It’s so nice & cool. I’ve just been walking up & down on the
14verandah. My face is so nice & fresh. No words can say what this
15verandah is to me. It makes all life different to have some place
16where one can walk. Good night, my darling chum…