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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/193/85
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 October 1910
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 De Aar
2 Oct 15th 1910
4 My dear Isie
6 I feel I want to write to you today. I never wrote Neef Jan to
7congratulate him on his safe election – but he’s knows I did in my
10 Anna Purcell writes me to-day about her visit to Stellenbosch, & how
11glad she was to see your mother. She thinks Ella so fine & strong &
12independent in character. Cron is away now in Cape Town visiting his
13mother; but he will be back the end of next week. I am so glad he
14should get a little change away from the dust & heat here.
16 Are you going down for the opening of Parliament? My heart is bad as
17the heat increases. I shall soon have to leave. Oh Isie it is so hard
18to have to leave my husband & my dear home, & go away for months, &
19its so hard to find a place in a hot land like Africa. The Haldane
have invited me to go & try their farm in the mountains beyond
21Graaff Reinet. If my heart doesn’t get better there I shall have to
22try Hermanus. If I have to go there how nice it would be if you & the
23children were there too! I know a Mr. De Villiers who has a very much
24enlarged heart, nearly like mine & he says Hermanus suits him better
25than any sea side places he has been to. I will send you my little
26book on the woman question as soon as I get some copies. I wish I’d
27felt more lively & well when I was up with you & we’d been able to
28discuss things, but my heart felt so big I only wanted to lie & rest.
29What good rest I did have, in that beautiful big room of yours. Good
30bye, dear. Write to me if ever the spirit moves you. If you don’t
31write I shall still always know you love me as I love you.
33 Yours ever
34 Auntie Olive.
36 Remember me to Mrs. Hull when you meet her. She’s such a nice woman
37I should like to meet her again. I hope Hull will get in. Just because
38he’s not quite white I should like to see him hold his own. If you
39write address to de Aar & Cron will send the letter on if ^I’m gone.^
Schreiner's 'little book on the woman question' is her Woman and Labour.