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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/10/60
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 November 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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in De Aar from November 1907 until she left South Africa for Britain and Europe in December 1913, but with some fairly lengthy visits elsewhere over this time.
1 Dear Isie
3 Thanks to your loving heart for the box. The butter especially was a
4treat, as the drought is so bad we can get none here. We have only
5imported butter which we get up from Cartwright the grocer in Cape
6Town by parcel’s post. The drought here is terrible. Even the Karroo
7bushes are dead. Yesterday there were a few clouds, but they passed
8away again. The lemons were delightful so full of juice. I am going to
9make some pancakes to-day to eat with them. My husband is now like me,
10& doesn’t eat meat any more since he had a bad attack of rheumatism,
11so I have to make other kinds of food.
13 I do hope you are coming down to Muizenberg in January; I want to see
14what the little
16^Jan is like. I am sure you would like Muizenberg much more than St
17James. One feels much freer there. ^
19 Auntie Olive
21 ^The heat is so great today I can’t write a real letter. Its just a
22line of thanks.^