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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/95
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday November 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. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Hanover
2 Monday.
4 Dear Isie
6 I was so glad to get your letter this morning. No my heart is not at
7rest about Boy Pienaar. He is still out on bail for £4.000 awaiting
8his trial. Van der Berg has not been tried yet, & the two Nieuwhouts
9are still serving their hard labour term at Kimberley. I am going down
10to Cape Town by the mail train next Tuesday & shall see General
11?Settle about them, & the governor, & if they are not released at once
12I shall write to the English papers. It is all very well for us to sit
13here happy & contented, but what of two perfectly innocent men who are
14doing hard labour, to whom every day seems a week!
16 Did your husband get the cheque for £2 17s which I sent him in a
17separate envelope from my letter? I think Cron is safe to be returned
18to Parliament by this division, as the Africander Party have chosen
19him, & it does not seem likely the Jingoes will put up any man at all.
21 I wish Daisy had been leaving a little sooner then we might have
22traveled down together from Hanover Rd. No I never, never want to see
23Pretoria again it’s a hateful place! You & your husband must come
24here & see us. The friends here would be just delighted to see you.
25It’s so nice & cool here in summer too: it would do you good. Are
26you feeling better, & getting a little fatter.
28 Good bye, dear.
29 Love to you all
31 Olive