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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/96
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 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.
1 Hanover
2 November 28 / 02
4 Dear Isie
6 I was so glad to hear from you. I should like to be one of the
7visitors to the trees, & the tree owners! But I don’t want ever to
8see the Transvaal again!
10 Have you seen Hobson’s new book on "Imperialism" It is first class &
11you would much enjoy it.
13 I think Cron is quite sure to be returned, but we shall not know the
14results till tomorrow or Monday.
16 I had a very delightful little time in Cape Town. It seems like a
17beautiful dream. I saw one of your Uncles there, one I met one evening
18in your dining room. I hope he is quite well. Tell your husbands
19sister I hope I shall meet her some day.
21 When Cron & I were going up to attend a meeting at Colesburg last week
22we met General de Wet in the train, & had ten minutes talk, we were so
23busy talking that we didn’t feel the train moving & had to jump out
24while it was going or we should have gone on to Norvals spo -pont. He
25is an exceedingly strong man, & as straight as strong. He impressed me
26greatly, but one doesn’t love him as one loves Malan. He (Malan)
27will be here again this week to give evidence in the endless case of
28Van der Berg. I went to see the Governor & Sir Gordon Sprig & the
29Attorney General about getting the two Neuwenhouts out of of prison as
30every one knows they are perfectly innocent & were never near the
31train. It was like throwing oneself against a stone wall. I wish I had
32gone to see Lord Milner about them when I was in Pretoria, I believe I
33could have got him to set them free; but I felt so dead when I was
34there. I think my interviews with them have however hastened the trial
35of Van der Berg.
37 Miss Greene has been very ill in England. They were to leave on the
3815th ^of November^ for this country again, so must be on the water now.
40 My little Bushman boy has gone so I’ve no one to help; if Cron
41werent so sweet & contented with what I give him to eat I shouldn’t
42manage at all.
44^Are you getting stronger? Much love to you all. ^
46 Olive
48 ^I saw Onse Jan when I was in Cape Town, he looks very old & changed, I
49should not have known him. Do you take the South African News. It is
50very interesting just now.^
The book referred to is: John A. Hobson (1902) Imperialism: A Study London: Allen and Unwin.