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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/186/88
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSeptember 1899
Address FromKarree Kloof, Krankuil, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToIsie Smuts nee Krige
Other VersionsRive 1987: 379
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed on the Karee Kloof farm near Krankuil from late August to mid November 1899.
1 My dear friend
3 I am sending back the book it was in the desk in my husbands study, he
4thought I had sent it, & I thought he had. I send you with it a little
5book which I love very much called "Englands Ideal by my dear friend
6Edward Carpenter. I think you will like it; let me know what you think
7of it when you have read it. You must try for baby’s sake not to
8feel the hard times through which we are passing, as your good health
9means his.
11 What is your little sisters name. I want to write it in a book I want
12to send her.
14 Yours ever
15 Olive Schreiner
17 Tell your husband I will show him the answers I get from John Morley
18&c today, when they come. They may be interesting: but it may be all
19over with us one way or another before they come.
The book Schreiner sent back to Isie Smuts has not been established; Carpenter's book is: Edward Carpenter (1887) England’s Ideal, and other papers on social subjects London: Swann Sonnenschein & Co. Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.