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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/191/51
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 June 1908
Address FromDe Aar, 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 Box 24
2 de Aar
3 June 2nd 1908
5 My dear Isie
7 I was delighted with the feather. It is a beauty. I’ll have it put
8in my black hat, & wear it when I’m in town (if I’m able to stay
9here at this time of year!)
11 Parliament meets on the 19th & I’m going down with my husband but
12don’t know how long the rain will let me stay. It’s so hard to
13have to be separated from him all the cession. I don’t know where I
14shall go. If it were April or May I’d come up to Pretoria, but I’m
15afraid of the climate in the Transvaal in June July & August. It’s
16like de Aar, all wind & dust.
18 I’m so sorry I didn’t see your husband; his train passed
19Matjesfontein about 12 o’clock. I was still sitting writing & saw it
20through my window, but it would have been no use going to the station
21as they would all have been asleep. I hope to see Emily Hobhouse here
22in a few days.
24 I’m trying to get my little house in order before I go. The men
25haven’t quite finished the outer part but we are living in it. I
26hope the little ones are flourishing. I wish I could see you all. Good
27bye dear. The girl is waiting to take the letters down to the camp to
28post. We are nearly a mile out.
30 Olive Schreiner