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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/424
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 5 October 1907 ; Before End: 7 October 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. He also comments that ‘Olive arrived at De Aar on the afternoon 8.10.07 & we lived for six months in the little room to test it (see her Life). When she couldn’t come to lunch at the Hotel, I used to have mine & then take hers up in a "three Decker". Sometimes we dined at the Hotel in the evening. The other simple meals we had in the room. After 6 months trial, I built a large & beautifully ventilated house, with safeguards against heat & cold; & there she lived, with frequent changes, till November 1913, when she left for England.’.
1 …A bitterly cold night… There was frost last night... I have had a
2fire here all day… This is the last letter you’ll get before I go
3in a puff-puff to the old man...
5 …the frost here had killed everything, Mrs. Burger tells me. Expect
6me in the afternoon…
8 …three Decker...