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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/91
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date15 July 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, and also that Olive Schreiner was collecting money for a washing machine for Mrs Nienaber, widow of one of the Hanover men executed during the South African War.
1 …The mierkats are playing about me on the verandah. Miss Molteno &
2Miss Greene have gone for a walk. I’m afraid they are just staying
3on here because they don’t like to leave me alone. It has been a
4great comfort to me to have them. I don’t know how I should have
5stood this time without them…
7 …One longs curiously for books. I wish I had brought my old Gibbon,
8when I might have read him through again; though I hope to know him so
9much by heart it isn’t very stimulating…