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Letter ReferenceAnna Purcell MSB 386/1.11
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Tuesday May 1910 ; Before End: June 1910
Address FromIrene, Pretoria, Transvaal
Address To
Who ToAnna Purcell nee Cambier Faure
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. This letter was misdated by an unknown hand as 26 August 1902. Content shows Schreiner was staying wih Jan and Isie Smuts at Irene and it mentions her violets in De Aar, to which she moved only in October 1907. She visited Pretoria and stayed with the Smuts in late May or early June 1910, thus the dating of the letter.
1 Irene
2 Tuesday
4 Darling
6 General Hertzog spent last evening here He is a dear good old fellow;
7whether one sees eye to eye with him or not one must love him.
9 I see so many children but I see none quite like Margaretha. That
10wonderful F mixture of refinement & strength in the little soul.
12 I suppose the time at Caledon will be good. I wonder whether ^when^ I
13shall see you again. I don't think I shall go down to Cape Town this
14summer. I wish we could plan to go somewhere together.
16 I see no violets even in Pretoria so fine as ours at De Aar.
18 Thine ever
19 Olive
21 I shall be home by Saturday.