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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/41
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date26 August 1902
Address FromJohannesburg, Transvaal
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 experiences here have been painful. I am feeling so heart sore
2that if it were not for (some business affair), I would go straight
3home from here tomorrow. If it were not for dear old Robert I don’t
4know what I should have done. The Jew I got down to the place said,
5when he got there, he couldn’t pack unless I got the packing case &
6he charged me 15/- all the same, though he did nothing. But all that
7is a small matter. It’s the meanness & cowardice of human nature
8that is so terrible. I saw Morthland for a minute this morning ……
9Dear one, I long to see you… Love to Miss .. How few such brave true
10souls there are in the world; but one or two save humanity…