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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JOANHodgson/7
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 December 1919
Address FromPorchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToJoan Hodgson nee Wickham
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Legend
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. The year has been derived from the content of this letter. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Dec 19
2
3Dear Joan
4
5On Thursday ^Weds^ I set out to see you but when I got to Sloane Square,
6I got so bad I had to turn back, & when I got home I found your letter
7saying you were already at home Thank you so much for your sweet wish
8to have me at Xmas. It would have been lovely to come, but I can’t
9trouble my friends in winter. I feel so selfish having fires when
10every one else is economising in fuel: I’ll come in the spring –
11but I would have liked to see Mary-Elizabeth while she was so tiny.
12I’m sure she’s going to be lovely, & you’ll have no trouble with
13her if you can feed her yourself.
14
15Give my love to John & ask him whether he’s read Keynes book on
16“The Economic Consequences of the Peace”? Its the finest book
17that’s been written since the war began. It’s worthy of John
18Stuart Mill.

19
20My nephew & his wife have had to move to the other end of Kensington
21where I can hardly ever see them. Its a terrible disappointment to me,
22as her little baby comes in Feb. & I had hoped to have it where I
23could see it every day. But the people here said they wouldn’t have
24a baby in the house, & I we were in despair trying to find a new place
25for them – at last we succeeded. This is a land made fit for heroes
26to live in but when a wounded hero comes home with a shattered arm, &
27a wife & child, there’s no place for them at all!!! They are paying
28an immense sum for three tiny rooms on the second floor, & only too
29grateful to be there.
30
31May you all three have a most beautiful & happy new year. Kiss the
32small Mary-Elizabeth for me. I shall be getting quite fond of her name soon.
33
34Your small Aunt
35Olive
36
37I don’t think the people in that house where you were liked me!!!
38
Notation
The book referred to is: John Maynard Keynes (1919) The Economic Consequences of the Peace London: Macmillan.