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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/9/66
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 September 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.
1 de Aar
2 Sep 25th 1911
4 Dear Isie
6 Thank you so much for your letter.
8 I gave a letter of introduction to you to Dr. Jacobs – such a
9delightful Hollander. I hope you ^will meet^ met her while she is at
10Pretoria. I’ve no news to give you of myself: all goes on the old
11way here. When the heat gets too great in the summer I shall I think
12go down to Cape Town to try Blauwberg, or the other side of Table Bay.
13My sister Mrs. Lewis says she finds her heart much better there –
14that it is cooler & at the same time dryer than other places near Cape
15Town. I do hope you will be coming down when parliament meets then I
16shall have a chance of seeing you. Are you coming? How are the
17children getting on at school? I think they will all be clever bright
18students; they can hardly help being so, with two such parents.
20 I had a letter from Emily Hobhouse too. She wants me to come & try the
21wonderful man at Florence whom she hopes may cure her ^heart & arteries^.
22 I am so anxious to hear if he does her good. But I’m afraid I
23shan’t be able to go any how.
25 When I go to Cape Town I am really going to spend a day at
26Stellenbosch & shall see your mother. I am always working in my little
27garden here; no one would believe how much work it takes to make
28anything grow here. I am watering all day long.
30 Good bye dearest Isie.
31 "Alles ten besten"
32 Your little Auntie
33 Olive