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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/10/54
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 May 1912
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 May 2nd 1912
3
4 Dear old Isie
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6 You said you would be going back to Pretoria in May. Please don’t
7pass without letting me know. Whatever the weather is like I’ll come
8down to the station just to have a look at you I was so bad when first
9came here – I couldn’t write to any one but now the cold weather
10has come & I’m much better.
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12 You’ll be glad to get home, & it won’t be very long now before
13Neef Jan comes up too. We’ve had such early rains here, we’ve
14never had such since the war. My flower garden is lovely I’ll bring
15you some flowers when you pass. Have you artichokes at the farm –
16the kind that grow like potatoes? I want you to have something I’ve
17grown & that’s all I have at present except parsnips. I always make
18a butter sauce with plenty of grated cheese to pour over the par
19artichokes, otherwise they are so tasteless.
20
21 I hope the children have all gained a great deal by their time by the
22sea. I wish you could all come & stay with me here for a little time
23then I would get really to know the children. I think children take as
24much or more "learning to know" as grown up people. Each little nature
25is so wonderfully different from the other.
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27 Give my special love to Sulma. My brother Will was so much struck by
28her eyes, he couldn’t forget them. She’ll be a creature of light &
29life, as long as she lives.
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31 My family – two dogs, a beautiful Persian cat, & a meerkat are all
32well! When I lie down after dinner the little dogs lie down one at
33each side of me, & the cat & meerkat curl up on my chest, & we’re
34quite a happy family.
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36 Much love to you all
37 Little Auntie
38 Olive
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