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|Letter Reference||Smuts A1/188/73
|Archive||National Archives Repository, Pretoria
|Letter Date||24 May 1905
|Address From||Eastbergholt, Tamboer's Kloof Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||Isie Smuts nee Krige
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Isie Smuts nee Krige, 24 May 1905, National Archives Repository, Pretoria, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Archives Repository, Pretoria, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
Tamboer’s Kloof Rd
May 24th 1905
Thank so you so much for Cato’s picture. She is so pretty & strong
8: in it; the little hands are so nice.
I’m going to try & go to see Daisy tomorrow.
On Friday I was driving home with my little dog Neta & she fell under
13: the wheel of the cab & was crushed to death. I have had many good &
14: beautiful friends in my life; but she was the best friend I ever had.
We shall be back in Hanover in the middle of next month. I saw Mrs.
17: Malan & her little boy today. he has such a sweet bright little face
18: but his heart is very bad; the doctors say he will never grow up: but
19: their little girl is splendid & strong.
Don’t you think Cato is very like your little boy, about the upper
25: part of the face?
^I hope dear you did not think from my last letter of what people I was
30: complaining of what people said. One has long ago accepted
31: misunderstanding as one of the condition, that follow all most for
32: others. I only mentioned it to show how certain it was the bitter
33: things said of our great men would not touch me.^