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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/72
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date4 June 1903
Address Fromc/o Mrs Kriel, Beaufort West, Western 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 also that on 6 June 1903 Olive Schreiner and Betty Molteno had gone to Beisjespoort station to visit General Malan and his aunt at Pheasant Kraal and they returned on 7 or 8 June.
1 …Yesterday I went to look at the farm Uitkyk. It is very nice & open
2& clear & good food. I am only afraid the thatch may give me asthma.
3As I have only taken the rooms for a week…Miss Molteno & Miss Greene
4have come… Ach, husband, if only I had money & could make a
5delightful little run up to Pretoria with you. This is the time of
6year it suits me up there: travelling alone is so hard, but with
7anyone you love it is so delightful. If only one could have a little
8money just to have a few little things one wanted while one was in the
9world; but one must be contented...