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|Letter Reference||Smuts A1/193/86
|Archive||National Archives Repository, Pretoria
|Letter Date||23 December 1910
|Address From||Portlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern 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, 23 December 1910, 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.
nr. Graaff Reinet
23 December 1910
My dear Isie
I never wrote to thank you for the dear little box of cherries you
8: sent me because I was then ill, & just leaving de Aar. My husband & I
9: ate them together – quite fair – he half & I half – like two
10: babies! Its so sweet of you to think of me, Isie.
I am up here among these high mountain tops staying with my friends
13: the Murrays on their farm. The cool air after the terrible heat of de
14: Aar soon revived me, & I am much better. For the first time for more
15: than a year I’ve been able to get to my writing again really which
16: is a great comfort. I hope you are having a very happy Xmas with Neef
17: Jan home again. Its hard you should have to be so much separated from
18: him. I know so well what you feel because I know what it is to me to
19: have to leave my home & husband every year. I still have a dream of
20: someday being able to finish my novel & buy a little farm up in the
21: mountains ^where we could live together^ - but I guess its only a dream.
22: But I’m very grateful to have found such a nice place to stay the
23: summer in. The Murrays are so kind & good & the three dear children
24: are such a joy to me. They are very busy in their school room today
25: making little Xmas presents for everybody. If your mother has come up
26: to spend Xmas with you please give her my love.
This is a lovely farm you are right on the tip top of the mountain.
32: When you walk just a short way from the house you get to the edge, &
33: look far away over the valleys & plains.
The novel which is is 'only a dream' Schreiner will finish is From Man to Man