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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/66
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date13 May 1903
Address FromMrs Forbe’s, Beaufort Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
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, and that her comments were mainly about a perjury case against Jan van der Berg regarding some Hanover men executed during the South African War, and that General Malan and two of his officers were witnesses.
1 …We ^I^ am tried, dear; we are very, very lonely here, I am so glad I
2came for the sake of the others… I have much to tell you, my heart
3is very full. Shields is the unreadable, Burke the
4prosecutor… You don’t know how they cling to me here. Malan,
5Cloete & Squires joined us on the way…