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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/65
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date22 February 1903
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToRondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract, and also that John Pursglove had sent a telegram on 3 April 1903, that ‘‘Box will leave this afternoon’ (? Baby’s coffin.)’.
1 …Such a perfect day here, dear Husband, neither hot nor cold,
2perfect(ly) calm and still. Like a soul that has found the right path,
3after long seeking it...
5 When I came down to Cape Town from the Karroo it always seems as if
6that soft, sweet air was stroking me for the first few days. I don’t
7think one feels so intensely down there as one does up here...