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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/82
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date19 June 1903
Address FromUitkyk, Northern 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.
1 …Yesterday there were a lot of strange dogs & people here & Tommie
2got a fright & ran away & wouldn’t let even Neta catch him he ran so
3fast. He slept out all night & I was very anxious about him, but early
4this morning I discovered him sitting on the top of the cage in the
5unreadable verandah!”. I wish we could write freely to
6each other without the knowledge that every letter may be opened &
7read. If only one could find out one of the censors appointed to the
8work, & catch him at his work, & give him a good physical flogging, he
9might feel compelled to bring the case into court, & the thing would
10be made public...