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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/192/88
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date8 February 1909
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western 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 Matjesfontein
2 Feb 8th 1909
4 Dear Isie
6 It was so nice to see you. I live so quite alone here, that you
7can’t understand how my heart rushes out when I see people, I love.
8I hear you have bought a big "Old Dutch House" at Sea Point. But there
9are no "Old Dutch houses at Sea Point that I know of so probably its
10all a made up story! If you have & mean to live there I shall be sorry,
11 as I can’t live in old mouldy houses & I want to come & visit you!
12I suppose the results of the Convention came out today, but I don’t
13know when we shall get it here. All I know of what passed is what
14Logan used to get through the de Beer’s people. I am curious to know
15how much of it was true. I expect their early knowledge of things will
16help them to make some ^more^ money! I am so afraid the capital is going
17to be at Cape Town. We shall have to pay so dearly for it if it is. I
18would rather it were at Pretoria; though I don’t want it in either
21 Good night dear. It was nice to see you both.
23 Olive