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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/9/61
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 1911
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. The year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 de Aar
2 Tuesday
4 My darling Isie
6 How sweet your loving letter of invitation was to me. I don’t know
7if I shall be well enough to come: it will be a bitter disappointment
8to me if I can’t, but I’ll certainly come to you. at least for one night
9I shall only be there two days as Cron has to hurry back to his office.
10 Cron had unreadable through his unreadable? eh?
12 I am so nervous to hear what Emily Hobhouse gets from that man. Her
13condition is so exactly like mine, except that I don’t know if her
14heart is enlarged like mine. She is just like me, as long as she is
15lying down flat, she feels so much better & can think, but as soon as
16one sits or stands up every thing gets dark before one & one feels
17feels faint. Sometimes when I wake in the morning I feel full of hope
18& life as if I could do anything: but as soon as I move about it all
19goes. I can just get through my household work & lie down again.
20I’ve written half the paper I want to be ready at the congress, but
21I don’t know if I’ll get the other half written, and its no use my
22^coming without it.^ Just as I was writing this letter there came a box
23of lovely fruit. I’m sure it must be from you though there was no
24name on. I am making some lovely angels food for dinner with it.
26 Good bye dear. Excuse blots & hand writing, & I am writing lying
27down: & my writing is none of the best at any time.
29 Thine ever
30 Auntie Olive
Schreiner's aborted paper and the congress in Johannesburg or Pretoria it was to have been given at have not been established; however, from content it was perhaps a women's congress with Isie Smuts involved in an organizational capacity.