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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/44
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter DateSaturday 30 August 1902
Address FromPretoria, 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. He also comments that Jan Smuts, with whom Olive Schreiner had stayed when visiting Pretoria, had written to him on 1 September 1902, saying how glad he and his wife were that she had stayed with them and that ‘She is a national “possession to all South Africa, & the more one knows her the “more one reverences her. Her health however disquiets me somewhat.’. Cronwright-Schreiner adds that Olive Schreiner’s letter of 13 September 1902 to him was from Hanover and he was at Rosebank, Cape Town.
1 …It is heart breaking about our things in Johannesburg. Everything
2was smashed up & destroyed, but I’ve had to pay over £10 for straps