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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/191/52
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 October 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 de Aar
2 Oct 11th 1908
4 My dear Isie
6 Hugo Naude spent yesterday with us. It was so nice to hear news of you
7all. He says your little boy is so charming. I was surprised to hear
8there was another little daughter! You are getting rich! I am
9delighted to hear about the farm & the new house. It will be so much
10healthier for you & the children. There is nothing so delightful on
11earth as living on a farm in South Africa. Except Cape Town I don’t
12think there’s any town in Africa one really wants to live in – &
13even in Cape Town its not in the town one wants to be. There’s a
14lovely house on the highest point between Sea Point & Camp’s Bay
15(that’s called "Van Zÿl’s folly" because ^old^ Van Zyl built it
16four ^six^ years ago & no one will ever live in it!) that I always dream
17of living in when my ship comes home. It’s got the most wonderful
18view over the sea, & a little "logia" like they have in Italy where
19one would realy live & take all one’s meals in the open air. I’ve
20always thought that part near Irene so beautiful. I’m sure you’ll
21like it.
23 We have just been enjoying the fruit you sent for our tea. The nartjes
24are just wonderful. I am sure that as far as fruit & agriculture goes
25the Transvaal is the country of the future. Good bye, dear Isie.
27 Kisses for your little ones from Auntie Olive & much love to you
29 Olive