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|Letter Reference||Smuts A1/194/10/55
|Archive||National Archives Repository, Pretoria
|Letter Date||Monday 20 June 1912
|Address From||De Aar, Northern 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, 20 June 1912, 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
Thank you very much for your letter. I am back again at de Aar,
7: feeling the sudden rise of 4000 feet a bit as I always do when I come
8: up. It is so strange my sister should have gone first. I always seemed
9: so much worse than she was till the last year. I always hoped she
10: would long out live me, bad as her heart was.
I feel anxious about Jan with such a terrible load of work. I so fear
13: he will wear himself out. I am very sorry Hull has left the Ministry.
14: I can never help feeling a sympathy with him. There is something so
15: wonderful in the way he has fought his way up in the world. I should
16: also be sorry if Sauer left. He is a valuable man; but I have no doubt
17: he was autocratic. It is all a curious jumble to me. I think there
18: must before long be a break-up of all parties & a resorting of the
Cron leaves next week for the Victoria falls & will be gone two weeks.
22: I shall look after the house & the animals!
His mother died while I was in Cape Town. It was a very terrible death
25: at the end. I was with her a few hours before she died.
Oh it is so beautiful to believe as I do that death is an everlasting
28: sleep. That after all their sufferings our dear ones rest.
Good bye, dear.
Love to you all
How is Miss Hobhouse getting on?