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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/190/43
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 December 1907
Address FromDe Aar, 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 Box 24
2 de Aar
3 Dec 4th 1907
4
5 Dear Isie
6
7 I don’t know why I’ve been thinking so much about you the last few
8days. I was so sorry to hear Jan had hurt his foot so. Anything that
9hampers one in ones work is horrid. I hope it’s quite well now. We
10are so happy here because we had half an inch of rain last Sunday.
11It’s the first real rain we have had for a year, though we had a
12tiny shower while Miss Hobhouse was here, which made it nice & cool.
13
14 I am very happy here in my one little room. We have made a well & are
15setting up a windmill & & then we can make a little garden, which will
16be my great delight. Nothing gives me so much happiness as working in
17a garden. I’m a real old Boer vrouw. I am working very hard at my
18book, all the time I can. I have just got a new asthma remedy from
19England, Dr. Tucker’s cure, & it is not only helping my asthma but
20relieves my heart greatly. I have only been trying it ten days: but if
21I find it continues to help me I mean to put ^notices in^ all the papers
22telling people about it. It is rather dear costs £4 ^b^if^t^, but
23if it helps them even the poorest person will find it cheap. Its not
24anything you drink; you you pump a fine vapour into your lungs which
25expands them. If you know anyone who had asthma do tell them to try it.
26
27^My husband is standing for Beaufort West again, but I doubt much
28whether he will get in though he feels quite hopeful. unreadable Many
29kisses for the dear little ones much love to you all from your little ^
30
31 Auntie Olive
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Notation
The book Schreiner was working hard at is From Man to Man.