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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/83
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 June 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJan Smuts
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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.
1 Hanover
2 Jun 4 / 02
4 Dear Friend
6 I hear you are about in this part of the world & I am longing to see
7you once more. I heard from Isie yesterday & I know it would be a joy
8to her if I could tell her I had seen you & you were looking strong &
11 I am sending this line to Major White at the station & asking him very
12kindly to forward it to you if he knows where you are. I would come to
13the station or anywhere where I was allowed just to shake hands with
14you: but if you could come here for a day ^at our house^ it would be a
15great joy.
17 Yours Your little son will be with you no more when you & Isie form
18your home again: but it be such joy to me to know you are together
21 My husband joins me in warmest & most heartfelt greetings
23 Yours ever
24 Olive Schreiner
Written on this letter in an unknown hand is: "Forwarded Hanover Road 6.6.02 GD White: Major: 3rd unreadable Guards Commandant", and attached to the letter is a memorandum from Major White to the Chief Censor asking for Schreiner's letter to be sent on to General Smuts.