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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/195/44
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 11 April 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToIsie Smuts nee Krige
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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.
1 de Aar
2 Sunday
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4 My dear Isie
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6 I got home yesterday morning. It is so nice to be with my dear old
7husband in my own house again. If the heat didn’t drive me I would
8never leave home. I was so sorry I couldn’t come to see you all
9again, dear. I couldn’t hire a cab or taxi in the whole of
10Muizenberg, & I was too short of breath to walk so far.
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12 It was so nice to see something of you all. Its I am so glad you are
13staying on a little the time down there has done all the children
14wonderful good especially Santa. She looks, for the first time quite
15strong. Santa attracts me so much. She ought to grow up a remarkable
16woman.
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18 Next time you come to Muizenberg I’ll come & stay with you for some
19weeks if you have a house on the main road where I can breathe. I was
20so much better in Mrs. Alexanders house. Of course I paid them for my
21room just the same as in a boarding house, but I know you wouldn’t
22let me pay. So I’ll only stay a few weeks. I’m always so afraid of
23putting my friends out of their wanting to have other visitors & not
24being able because I’ve got the spare room!
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26 Oh it is so nice to be home again. I have already been working in the
27garden. And its so nice to cook my husbands dinner for him; I know
28just how he likes things. If only one were a little stronger what a
29beautiful thing life would be.
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31 Give my best love to neef Jan. I have often longed to have a real talk
32with him; but I have felt he was too tired & overworked to be troubled
33by an outsiders views. ^I’m always so afraid of boring my friends.^
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35 Good bye, dear Isie.
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37 Kiss darling Jannie for me. I am sure some day your children will
38richly repay you for all the care & devotion you have given them.
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40 Auntie Olive
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