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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/10/51
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 5 February 1912
Address FromAlexandra Hotel, Muizenberg, 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Alexandra Hotel
2 Muizenberg
3 Monday morning
5 My dear old Isie
7 It was so nice to see you. It makes all this part seem more home like
8to have you here. I think the children have developed finely since I
9saw them. I was coming down to your house to fetch my umbrella last
10night, but I saw you were pass in the motor, & thought you had
11probably been to Stellenbosch & were coming back dead tired & would
12want to get the children to bed.
14 I’ve been thinking it over dear, & I think I’d rather come to
15visit you later in my stay here. I’ll have to be here till the end
16of March. I’ve been so ill at Milnerton & other places since I came
17down, & am getting so splendidly well the four days I’ve been here,
18that I think I’d better not move. If I go away for a week they’ll
19let my room & I won’t be able to get it again if I get ill. Its
20years since I’ve been able to walk as far as from here to St James
21with out any difficulty as I did yest the other night. A If its not
22hot, I’m going by train this afternoon to see my husband’s old
23mother who lives with her maid at Kalk Bay. On on the way back I’ll
24get out & come & have but don’t stop in for me because if it’s at
25all warm I won’t go.
27 "Alles ten beste" Love to the children from
28 Auntie Olive