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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/99B
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 October 1903
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 Oct 22nd 1903
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4 Dear Isie
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6 Its very funny that just this morning as I was thinking that as soon
7as I’d put the dinner on I would write to you, Cron came in with
8post & Sannie’s little box of cherries. Give her a kiss for each
9cherry. They were very sweet coming from that dear old garden in
10Pretoria. That house & garden are the only parts of Pretoria I like
11now.
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13 How does Sannie grow? Do you know that you owe me two letters? But I
14believe if I had Sannie I shouldn’t write to anyone, I’d be so
15busy over her. We’ve moved into our little house as I told you. But
16I like it so much. It stands just on the out skirts of the town & you
17can see the veld all roun. If you go to Cape Town do, do, do come &
18stay with us for a couple of days on the way. I can get you a nice
19bedroom near to this in the house of my friend Miss Viljoen in whose
20house I had my room during Martial Law; & if you’ll put up with my
21cooking for the sake of giving me pleasure, I’ll be so happy. I’ve
22got a little Bushman girl now of almost 11 who cleans the pots &
23fetches water, & it is such a splendid comfort I’ve even even begun
24to write a little again.
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26 Public affairs are so sickening to write about. Some people say if you
27get up to the top of the hill what matter whether it be crawling on
28your hands & knees or walking upright. But to me it seems to make a
29great difference. There is some talk of sh Cron’s standing for
30Beaufort West. The leaders of the party wanted Venter & du Vaal to
31stand here, so though Cron had a big majority of voters he with-drew.
32Good bye. Tell me about Sannie.
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34 Love to you all
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36 Olive
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