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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/188/67
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1 October 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. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Oct 1st 1904
3 Dear Isie
5 Two dear old friends of mine Dr & Mrs Brown have just arrived in Natal
6to visit their daughter there. They are strong pro-Boer, & have
7suffered much for their views in England. They are old friends of the
8Steyns. Dr Brown has now retired from his pro profession, & they have
9come back to visit South Africa, where he practiced as a Doctor for
10some years as a doct in the Frazerburg district. Mrs Brown is South
11African (a cousin of Judge Solomon’s) & as all her family are very
12strong on the Jingo side she has been much divided from them. You
13would all love them so much if you knew them. They talk of visiting
14the Transvaal soon & then coming on to Hanover to stay with us for
15some time. I am writing to you about them because if they come to
16Pretoria I want you so much to see them, & perhaps you could introduce
17them to some of our friends there. Could you drop them a line perhaps
18to their daughter’s address (Mrs Brown, care Mrs Dick, St Thomas’s
19Rd, Durban
, ^Natal^) asking them to let you know when they come to
20Pretoria so you can meet. They are such beautiful, simple, lovable
21souls, & know how much you & your husband would like to see them, or I
22wouldn’t ask you to take the trouble.
24 I hope Sannie is still growing & thriving. It would be so nice to see
25you all. My dear husband is well & sends many greetings.
27 Yours ever
28 Olive Schreiner