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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/187/89
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateAugust 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. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The end of the letter appears to be missing.
1 Dear Isie
3 I was so glad to get the joyful news you were better & going to your
6 I meant to leave for Johannesburg on the 15th (next of this month, but
7I have got my chest bad since I moved into our little cottage which
8doesn’t suit me as we get no sun in the bed room, & its damp. I must
9put off going till I’m better. I’m going to sleep in the dining
10room & hope I shall be able to leave about the 20th. I got your
11husbands kind wire saying the Rev Meiring would receive me as a guest.
12Thank him very much: it will be so nice to be there, an not at a jingo
13boarding house. I will wire to him when I am leaving. What a terrible
14thing a body is when it drags one down so. Its months now since I put
15pen to paper except to write a few notes, & to take those notes in
18 Cron wrote answering your husbands questions as to Commandant Malan.
19We hear he is out on bail in Cradock now. When he was here I was only
20allowed to see him for 15 minutes, & with soldiers at the window, many
21people could not even get a pass to see him for a minute. I hope you
22will soon get quite strong now you are at home. I don’t fancy I
23shall be able to stay more than one day at Pretoria, & we have so much
24to talk about. I will come straight to ^you if you will have me. Please
25thank Mr & Mrs Meiring very much for asking me.^ [page/s missing]