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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/479
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date8 December 1908
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 275
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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 onto this extract, and that ‘On 8.12.07 When writing to me about the house at De Aar, she asked me to put up a small room – as I did. The baby’s coffin & Neta’s lay in the there until I buried them in Sept 1919 temporarily in the cement grave in the garden…’. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …I want it nicely plastered out and a tiny window at the back & a
2door in front with a fan-light. I want to make it into a tiny very
3pretty little room to put our little coffin in. I’ll make it so
4pretty, dear Chummie, with flowers, & no one but you and I will know
5it’s there. It’s so long been a day dream of mine. I’ll have a
6little stand…