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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JOANHodgson/3
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday March 1920 ; Before End: July 1920
Address FromPorchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToJoan Hodgson
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The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to content and the date of Schreiner?s departure for South Africa. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3Dear Joan
5Thank you so much for the snap – its just Mary Elizabeth’s smile
6– which is herself.
8I do hope she’s quite better. I have more & more faith in Glaxo; do
9try it if she does not really flourish.
11I want to ask you a favour My nephew & his wife & the nurse & baby
12have taken on a tiny cottage at the sea side for July – but they ve
13only got it till the 27th of July, & that leaves them with two weeks
14till the 12th of August with no where to go. We sail on the 13th of
15August. If you should know of any tiny cottage in these nice little
16villages near you or an which they could get or any small house where
17they could lodge, could you let me know? They don’t want to come
18back to London for the two weeks they hate it so. My niece’s sister
19who is going out to Africa with them may be wanting to come with them
20– but I think she can stay with friends. Don’t take any trouble
21about this, but it just struck me you as or John might know of such a
22place, & would be good enough to let me know. They don’t want a very
23expensive place, as her illness has cost so much, & settling down in
24Africa will cost too.
26Must I fear I can’t come & see you again I’m getting too ill to go
29Love to you all three
30Aunt Olive