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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/87
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 July 1902
Address FromHanover, 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.
1 Hanover
2 July 15 / 02
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4 Dear Isie
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6 I fancy by this time your husband may have been & have had to go to
7Pretoria again to his work. You did not say whether he would be able
8to stay with you till you were able to move.
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10 I think I shall be leaving this for Johannesburg about the 15th of Aug.
11 that is a month from today. The doctor thinks it is too cold for me
12to stand the journey now: so you will be sure to be home by the time I
13come. My husband is very busy; ^he is managing the case of^ one of the
14young men of our district who is to be tried for murder in connection
15with the taking of a train near to this a year & a half ago. He was
16one of the rebels who surrendered with Fouches in Cradock the other
17day. He is in prison here. unreadable Three Hanover men were executed
18with regard to the taking of the same train. My husband gett
19gets a good deal of legal work here, but ^many^ people are so poor that
20for much they can’t pay anything: but he likes helping them. We have
21not got into our little cottage yet. Some day if you are going to Cape
22Town to visit your mother you must unreadable stop at Hanover on the
23way. Try & find time just to send me a card to let me know if you are
24getting stronger. Did you get the note I sent you a couple of days ago
25telling you that I had heard from your husband.
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27 Yours ever,
28 Olive
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