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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/186/84
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 July 1899
Address From2 Primrose Terrace, Berea, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToIsie Smuts nee Krige
Other VersionsRive 1987: 367-8
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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. Schreiner was resident in Johannesburg from December 1898 to late August 1899.
1July 7th 1899
3Dear Mrs Smuts,
5I’ve been meaning to write ever since we were at Pretoria, but Miss
was very ill when we came back (she only got out of bed to go
7over) & my dear friends only left the day before yesterday. They so
8much enjoyed their day in Pretoria: but Johannesburg they hated as I
9think any true-hearted English person must. Here you see the English
10race at its worst. That is what saddens one so who knows the other
11noble & generous side of the English spirit.
13 I saw Onze Jan when he passed through, & was much grieved to see how
14ill & old he was looking.
16 I hope our little Coosie is still looking so bonny. Thank Ella for her
17letter which I was glad to get to-day. I don’t know when I shall be
18able to come over to Pretoria again as I must settle down to my
21 Yours ever lovingly
22 Olive Schreiner
24 ^Did Mr Esselen get his books?^
Rive's (1987) version of this letter omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.