"I have just received another copy of Henry's Kimberley Siege Letter via my cousin ****** which I believe came from you. Henry Symonds was my grandfather so I remember him well as he died in George when I was already 14 during the Second World War. He built a cottage at the Wilderness for his children which we used on Christmas holidays when 2 families could fit in. Meanwhile he had retired to Caledon St in George with Aunt Jess, where children were to be seen and not heard, so we did not eat with grown-ups but had our meals in the Breakfast Room in the cottage next door. But before he died I took short walks with my Grandfather which was a privilege. He also used to visit mother on our farm, near to Somerset East where he insisted on driving an English Austen that was not up to the Karoo dirt roads so I remember Dad trying to fix loose ends.
Actually my grandmother Frieda died on the Nile in 1929 when I was on the way."