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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/188/64
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 June 1904
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 19 / 04
4 Dear Isie
6 I hope you will see my husband, he is in Pretoria now I think. It was
7such a happy happy time to me in Cape Town with my dear friends Dr. &
8Mrs. Purcell & their little boy. They were living quite close to the
9boarding house where I stayed at Tamboer’s Kloof. I was not able to
10go to Stellenbosch. I went to Wellington once for a day, & that made
11my chest so bad I did not venture on Stellenbosch. It seems I am never
12to see it. In Tamboers Kloof I am always quite fit. I saw old Stead
13when he was there. It’s strange that even the pro-Boers don’t seem
14really to understand us.
16 I hope little Sannie is doing very well. General Malan spent 5 very
17delightful days with us at Cape Town. He is absorbed in his farming.
18He’s a splendid fellow I wish I could have come to Pretoria too &
19have seen you all & little Sannie Good bye, dear Isie
21 Olive
23 ^Did I ever tell you what a comfort that biltong you sent me was to me
24when there was so much typhoid here? I used to give it to the people
25when they were getting well & were very weak. I was almost the only
26person who had biltong in the village, & it did many folks good.^