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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/188/74
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 August 1905
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 C.C.
3 Aug 25 / 05
5 Dear Isie
7 Thank you very much for your letter. I do hope the little daughters
8are quite better. July are always the trying months in the Transvaal.
10 I sent you the little bit of the chair. Did you get it quite right?
12 I had a letter today from Mrs Van Heerden Malan’s sister ^aunt^. She
13says the whole family including "Onze Generaal" are going to trek away
14to German East Africa. The father & ^eldest^ son & son-in-law are there
15already. The German’s will have a fine fighter if they get him! I
16wonder if they know his worth!
18 It’s still bitterly cold, cutting winds & snow clouds every day; but
19I like the cold & am enjoying it more than any one else here seems to
20do. I’m so sorry your visit to Cape Town never comes when I have a
21chance of being there; but I am not sure I shall go down when my
22husband goes to Parliament this year.
24 I haven’t any news to give as I haven’t been out or seen any one
25for weeks, but I go for a long walk among the kopjes every day, & that
26is the great joy of my life. I find so much y delight in walking now I
27am able to get two or three miles out of the town, I into the wild
28kopjes. There are owls & little red hares & all sorts of nice things
29among them, & at night if I come back after sunset I can hear the
30jackals calling.
32 I always make believe to myself that some day I shall finish copying
33out one of my books & have a lot of money, & then I shall go
34travelling months & months in the dear old veld. I know it will never
35come off but I get a lot of fun picturing it!
37 My Husband sends best greetings to you both. I send many kisses to the
38little daughters.
40 Your ever loving friend
41 Olive
43 Who is the editor of the "Volkstem"? He sent me a copy this week, the
44first I have seen.
46 How was Mr Reitz when he was at Pretoria? I didn’t go to see him
47when he was in Cape Town as they said he didn’t care to see people &
48would rather I didn’t!