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Erilda Cawood (nee Buckley)

Erilda Louisa Elizabeth Cawood nee Buckley (1842 - 1903) was born near Fort Beaufort and married Richard Cawood (1839 - 1919), a pioneering Eastern Cape farmer, in 1862. The Cawoods lived at the farm Ganna Hoek in the Cradock district. Schreiner frequently visited them when she was employed as a governess on an adjacent farm in the later 1870s, and she became a fascinating teller of stories to the Cawood children. Erilda Cawood and Schreiner became very close. However, Cawood suddenly sent her an impassioned letter rejecting her friendship because she was irreligious, with Schreiner's reply as quoted by Cronwright-Schreiner a model of good sense and restraint in the face of this. There was a later reconciliation, and it was Erilda Cawood who introduced Schreiner to the then Samuel 'Cron' Cronwright. A flavour of their friendship is gained from Schreiner's letters to Erilda Cawood, although as these now exist only in versions produced by Cronwright-Schreiner, they are likely to contain inaccuracies as well as major omissions.

For more information see
Karel Schoeman (1991) Olive Schreiner: A Woman in South Africa 1855-1881 Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball
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