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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/472
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date7 June 1908
Address FromDe Aar, 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 …If you have to stay, do write me fully of mother’s condition. Oh,
2I am so glad you will be there with her before the operation. Think of
3all those years of nursing & care she gave you when you were the
4delicate little boy… Dear Pal, I’m afraid it will all be a
5terrible strain on you. I wish I could help you. I’m sure you will
6always be glad as long as you live that you went, whether she recovers
7or not…