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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/85
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 June 1902
Address FromHanover, 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 Hanover
2 June 17 / 02
4 Dear Isie,
6 I find I shall have to go to Johannesburg to see if I cannot find any
7traces of the things which were looted from my house, & also to look
8through the charred remains which my brother-in-law had removed to see
9if there are not bits of my MS &c. When will you be back in Pretoria.
10I would like if possible to put off my going for a few days till you
11were back so that I might spend a couple of days with you. Please
12write & tell me when you will be there. I long to see you. Please let
13me know how you are getting on after the operation.
15 Yours lovingly
16 Olive
18 I have written to General Lyttleton himself, so I think I shall be
19sure to get a pass.
The 'bits of MS' refers to the manuscript, left in Johannesburg when Schreiner went to Karree Kloof in late August 1899, which was destroyed when her house was badly damaged by marauding troops during the South African War; parts of it were published in the US in 1899 in two articles on 'The woman question', and these eventually became Woman and Labour.