Kate Salt nee Joynes and Henry Salt, an erstwhile teacher at Eton, were friends of Edward Carpenter and part of the Millthorpe gatherings of like-minded friends. The Salts seemingly had a celibate marriage, and while George Bernard Shaw, a close friend, gossiped that she was more attracted to women, Kate Salt seems to have idealised Carpenter and, from her letters to him, was in love with him over many years. As ever with his women friends, she was held at arm’s length and perhaps might have shared Schreiner’s view that only men could ever truly be close to Carpenter. and Kate Salt appear to have been friendly in a ‘Love to dear Kate Salt’ way, without being close friends. However, from Schreiner’s other letters, they clearly did write to each other, although no extent letters have been traced.
For further information see:
Sheila Rowbotham (2008) Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love London: Verso