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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/188/75
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 October 1905
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 20 / 05
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4 Dear Isie
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6 I hope the little ones are quite well again. It seems so long since I
7had any news of you all Two dear friends of mine, Mr. & Mrs. Pethwick
8Lawrence
have been spending a week with us. Later they are going on to
9the Transvaal, but I am so afraid you & your husband will be down at
10Gordons Bay when they are N in Pretoria. When do you start. They are
11both very strong pro Boers. A friend of mine told me she nearly cried
12herself to death when she heard of Cronje’s defeat! He was the
13Editor ^& prospector^ of the Echo in London & they did a great deal for
14our cause.
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16 I think you will love them both if you meet them, they are so simple &
17sincere. They are coming back here next week & I am going to take them
18about a little in the Cradock district visiting some of the farms & my
19old friends there. We shall go to Lilly Kloof where your husband had a
20fight, I believe one of his men was shot there. You can’t think what
21a joy it has been to me to have them here.
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23 Kisses for the little ones, your old friend
24 Olive Schreiner
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