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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/195/47
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 September 1913
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 Sep 29th 1913
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4 My darling Isie
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6 I am sailing on the 6th of December for Europe, to try some medical
7treatment for my heart. I don’t think it will help but my friends
8want me to try it. I should wait till the 27th to go back with Emily
9Hobhouse
but am afraid of that three weeks heat at the Cape. I may not
10be able to sail at all if I wait. She arrives this week & is going to
11stay with my friend Anna Purcell. They have such a beautiful large
12spare room with an outer door & window & will make her so comfortable
13I think she will do well there. I am very anxious about her going up
14to Bloemfontein I don’t think she realizes what the height means
15when one is really bad.
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17 Dear I don’t think I shall ever come back from England, I know my
18path is not very long now. Always know how much I have valued your
19love & friendship & how much I care for you & Jan. Often when I lie on
20my bed I am writing long letters to him in my head – but perhaps it
21better I’m not well enough to write them as they would only bore him.
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23 I hope the children are all doing well. I wonder if little Jan will
24grow up such a little love-dove as he was as a baby. Good bye dear. If
25I go to England I shall only be there some days & go on the continent
26to try the cure. I will send you my address before I sail.
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28 Your loving little Auntie
29 Olive
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