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Smuts, Jan Christiaan (1870–1950) prime minister of South Africa, army officer, and writer on evolution
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Typed letter from J. C. Smuts to Lady Frazer

Union of South Africa, Office of the Minister of Justice, Palace of Justice, Pretoria - Thanks her for her husband's book on Greece; suggests the prospectuses she mentioned be sent to the Public Library in Cape Town; is looking for a map that might be useful to her.

Letter from Janet Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Pen Rose, Berkhamsted. - Has 'never heard of such touching fraternal loyalty' as Bessie and Bob having her book ["The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward"] and George's ["Manin and the Venetian Revolution of 1848 "], 'reading one to yourselves and one aloud'. Delighted they both like hers, as she values their judgement highly; she tried had to make it 'objective' and not 'mawkish', which is the risk with family biographies. Mary seems happy at Somerville, and to have 'found many people who are willing to be kind to her'; she writes about 'explorings & bicycle rides with other girls' and is 'only bored by Political Economy'; has to do that and Latin until next term for 'Pass Mods' but then can 'revel in history alone'. Her character is very similar to Janet's mother's at the same age; she is 'even already writing her first novel!'. The 'world is just about as horrible as it can be' but Jan Smuts is 'a grand fellow' [for his work with the League of Nations]; wonders whether he will 'yet save us all'.

Letter from Sallie Richardson to Lady Frazer

Palace of Justice, Pretoria - Thanks her for the signed copy of 'The Golden Bough', and has received three other works as well, lending General Smuts 'The Worship of Nature'; Smuts is very busy, heading the Department of Justice as well as serving as Acting Prime Minister while General Hertzog is away.

Telegram from Edwin Montagu to Lord Reading

Approves of Reading's actions with regard to Malaviya. Commends the idea of officers' training corps: it is necessary to face the problem of diminishing army expenditure while satisfying the demand of loyal Indians to be able to defend their country. Suggests that the Government might help Gandhi with his reform programme on condition that he drop out of politics. Sastri sends his appreciation for Reading's encouraging message. Harington thought he had received an invitation from Kemal to discuss the position, which he accepted, but Kemal replied impertinently that he did not want to see him. The matter was not well handled. At this morning's session of the Imperial Conference Sastri made his statement and moved his resolution on Indians in the Dominions with 'vigour, clarity and ability'. He was congratulated by Hughes, whose views are coloured by the fact that he loves to see Smuts in difficulties. Lloyd George also expressed approval. The matter has now been relegated to a committee. The difficulty is that 'our view' is impossible for Smuts, for if he accepted it he would be out of office.

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Typed letter from Sallie Richardson to Sir James and Lady Frazer

Union of South Africa, Office of the Minister of Justice, Palace of Justice, Pretoria - Thanks them for their book 'Pasha, the Pom', which she enjoyed, and for the autographed copy of 'The Golden Bough'; General and Mrs Smuts were interested to hear about the books; she will be ordering the 'Anthologia Anthropologica' as they are published.

Letter from Lady Pethick-Lawrence to Lord Pethick-Lawrence

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June 3. 1946 {1}

My Dearest,

Do not let the delay in your return, give you any idea that you are missing the English summer. May 12 was the last summer day we have had. April was like June. The last 3 weeks have been March, & still, day after day we have gales of wind & storms of rain—sometimes sleet & hail. I read in the Paper today that in June the barometer has been lower than any day since Christmas. Not that we have had much frost. We have a good crop of soft fruit & apples, though no pears or plums. The violent wind tosses the trees & plants, like a storm tosses the waves on the ocean, while the clouds darken the sky. I hope it will be better weather for the Victory Parade {2}. No doubt interest & enthusiasm will work up during the next 5 days, but so far I find no sentiment expressed except disillusion. Even leading articles & Churchill’s speech have to recognize & attempt to deal with public apathy. Guildford & other towns too have refused to co-operate. The public feel that it is an exhibition of futility & waste. London has been much disfigured & spoilt for Londoners. It is not a happy time, & the real tragedy is brought home to people like G. G. {3} who could get no bread on Saturday, because she was too late in going out for it, & no milk because of the strike.

I have had a cable from Madeleine that she is scheduled to arrive in Southampton Dock next Wednesday, June 6th. She will take the train from Southampton to Woking, & on to Guildford where I shall meet her with the car. She has a transitional visa, & can only remain a short time. Probably she will stay at Fourways over Whit Monday, & we shall all go to London on June 11 & 12. I have avoided London for some weeks. There is much to do & see to here. I am giving much attention to the garden, and the little staff here needs a good deal of handling.

I have had very few official invitations during your absence[.] But I had one to meet F. M. Smuts {4}, and as I could not go, I wrote to salute him, and have had a charming personal reply in his own hand writing. I received a letter from Mrs Price Hughes yesterday, to tell me that she is constantly with us both in her thoughts. She is 93, & her writing is as good as ever. We had a very pleasant visit from Stuart & Ruth, though it rained hard all the time. There are 5 of your wild roses out today. I wish I could send you one. Farewell my darling. Keep well & serene, & enjoy the present moment. All here are well. May has arranged to spend a week with Dorothy to make room for Madeleine, should you have been able to get back. You remember we have booked rooms in Ventnor from June 24—July 8. May will stay with Tom & there will be a room for you at the week end or whenever you want it at my Guest House or at the Hotel near Trewartha. If the soft fruit ripens just then, Lydia will want to overlook the bottling, although she can show Violet & leave it to her after one or two experiments.

No food of any kind must be wasted.

And so again God be with thee.

Your own.
Patz

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{1} The address printed on the writing-paper is 11 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, W.C.2, but the letter was clearly written at Fourways.

{2} The national Victory Parade, to be held on 8 June.

{3} Probably Gladys Groom.

{4} i.e. Field Marshal Smuts.