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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/186/77
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 29 May 1899
Address From2 Primrose Terrace, Berea, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToIsie Smuts nee Krige
Other VersionsRive 1987: 353-4
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Johannesburg from December 1898 to late August 1899.
1 Tuesday
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3 Dear Mrs Smuts
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5 Thank you so much for your letter. Mr Esselen has asked us to come
6over & stay with them from Saturday to Monday Morning, but if I
7can’t sleep at Mr Esselens owing to the house being too low can we
8come up & sleep with at your house? ^I don’t know where his house is,
9& it may be in the damp part of the town.^ We will come over some other
10week to stay with you.
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12 I am anxious for tomorrow’s news that I shall find it difficult to
13sleep tonight. The plotters here are in great hope that war will come.
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15 Give little Goosie a kiss from me. I hope he is quite well again.
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17 Yours lovingly.
18 Olive Schreiner
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter has been misdated, omits part of the letter, and is also in a number of respects incorrect.