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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/507
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date7 June 1911
Address FromVictoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 301
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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, with where it was sent from implied by its place in the sequence of extracts. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …We went up in a motor boat on Tuesday morning, a small motor boat
2with 15 people in it beside the man who worked it & a native boy. When
3we were returning, about half a mile above the Falls, the motor broke
4down & we began drifting to the Falls. We must all have gone over if a
5canoe had not come down the river. They saw our state & the natives
6rowed hard & came back with 6 6 large rowing boats & got us off &
7towed the steamer back to shore… We went up in a canoe to-day… No
8one will go in the motor boats any more. We went to see a hippopotamus
9that was short yesterday, a huge beast: all the natives were skinning