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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/529
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date18 November 1920
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 369-70
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters....
1 …I go to Jessie Innes tomorrow for a few days… How I look forward
2to it I can’t tell you… I am reading a life of Voltaire in two
3volumes as I can get nothing else…
5 …What a great man he was in spite of all faults. His wonderful
6tender sympathy with all weakness and suffering--- his hated of
7injustice. How different from Beaconsfield whose life I have been
8looking at; small, vain, shallow---not one bit of his work will stand.
9The more one knows of him the smaller he becomes...