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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/191/53
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 December 1908
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToJan Smuts
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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 Dec 1st 1908
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4 Dear Nief Jannie
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6 I have just got your wire. Thank you very much, but I can’t leave
7just now. Perhaps in the middle of the month, when the heat gets too
8great to stand here I may be able to come down & spend a week with you
9as I shall have to go to Matjesfontein as I can’t do any writing
10here. I shall be at the station on Thursday to have a peep at Isie &
11the children. I feel I shall never see her again if I don’t take the
12chance of coming to Cape Town. You know my thoughts are often with you,
13 & Malan. It would break my heart if I had to part from either of you
14politically. You are the two men I look forward to doing great work
15for South Africa when we old figures have passed away. But can you do
16great work unless your thoughts & ideals are larger than those of the
17mere racial & party politician?
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19 Your loving small
20 Aunt
21 Olive
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