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Letter ReferenceSmuts A1/194/10/57
ArchiveNational Archives Repository, Pretoria
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 August 1912
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 Aug 18th 1912
4 Isie dear,
6 I was glad to get your good news this morning. I know how your heart
7will rejoice over your little son. It is so good it is a little son. I
8have seen so much of the tragidy of people’s having an only son,
9even in my own family, that I am always so rejoiced when there is a
10second son. I expect the girls are delighted with him. I am so glad
11you & he are both doing so well. I expect his father is delighted.
13 Thank you for the beautiful box of fruit & things which I got
14yesterday. The nartjes are just splendid & I’m going to cook some of
15the macaroni tomorrow & have the ginger to-day. I can never eat meat
16now, so I have to live on rice & fruit & such safe things, so the
17macaroni will be very nice. I wish I could come & see you dear, but
18the only time I could come is in the winter & then I must be here with
19my husband, as I have to be away in Jan & Feb. I hope you will be down
20to Parliament again. I am trying to have one room for myself for these
21two months as I can’t bear staying at an hotel. I shall do my
22cooking on a little spirit lamp for myself.
24 Do come down & let me see the new little Jannie.
26 Good bye. May your little son be a great joy to you always
27 Olive