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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/193/84
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 August 1910
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 Aug 31st 1910
4 Dear Isie
6 My husband told me yesterday that he had seen in some paper that your
7husband had the measles. I asked him if it was not a joke, but he said
8no it was stated quite seriously.
10 I do hope its not true I had measles not many years ago, just before I
11was married, & had to keep my bed for three months. It’s nothing for
12child to have measles, but for a grown up person its very serious. I
13do hope he will take care of himself for good a time
. I seemed to be
14getting quite better & then I took cold, & it settled on my heart &
15kidneys & was the beginning of all my serious trouble.
17 I do hope my husband was mistaken.
19 You needn’t have sent those old bits of lace dear they weren’t
20worth the trouble of doing up; but thankyou for taking the trouble. I
21would have written long ago, but have had whooping cough & wasn’t up
22to writing. I am quite over it now. I shan’t be going up to Hudson
farm, so I’m afraid there’s no chance of my seeing you
24for a long time, unless you pass here on my ^the^ way to Cape Town. If I
25have to leave de Aar for the hot summer months I shall perhaps go to
26the farm of a friend near Colesburg, where I shall not be so far from
27home & my husband, where he might sometimes be able to come & see me.
28We are making a garden here I find it such a joy. My husband & I spend
29all our spare time working in it. We have planted over 40 fruit trees
30with our own hands & about 200 pepper trees. Please just send me a
31post card to say how your husband is.
33 Much love to you
34 Auntie Olive