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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JOANHodgson/2
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday October 1918
Address FromPorchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToJoan Hodgson nee Wickham and John 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 Schreiner?s consultation with the specialist referred to, which was in October 1918. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3Dear Joan & John
5It was nice to see you. I’d just had a rather important verdict from
6one of the specialists I’d been to see, & I couldn’t resist coming
7to see your dear beautiful young faces with all life before you. Joan
8must come to see me sometimes when she comes in shopping. She must
9rest somewhere, & might come & have tea here with me My telephone is
106516 6506 Paddington. Wire to m Telephone the day before if you can,
11but if not telephone to find if I’m in. I have to go out sometimes
12to my treatment
14I’m so interested in the big old house.
16Good bye, to you both
17Aunt Olive
19I didn’t mean when I said I was “hard up” that my dear friends
20wouldn’t help me. But I meant I wanted so to take care of my-self
21till the end came, & pay for all nurses & doctors myself. I’ve
22always done every thing for myself all my life; its so hard to be a
23burden on my dear ones now. But one must accept life as it comes.