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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JOANHodgson/4
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 18 September 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Tuesday
2
3Darling Joan
4
5I’ve been wanting so to come & see you ever since I heard the news.
6The nurse, or whoever the very decided person is who answers the
7telephone said ^last night that^ if I would phone again next Thurs-day
8she would let me know when I might come. I would only stay a couple of
9minutes & not see you at all only the babe, if you are not well enough
10next Thursday ^if I come.^ Of course I could^n’t^ hear anything about
11you on on the phone; but she has said each time you & the baby were
12quite well.
13
14When do you leave for home? I wonder. I hope all really did go well
15with you, & that there were no difficulties, & the time wasn’t too bad.
16
17I’m sure its just a darling little baby.
18
19I hope you will be able to feed it yourself. Its so lovely, & the
20little thing is so much better. Ask John
21
22My love to you dear. I’m longing to see you
23Aunt Olive
24
25I wonder if you are well enough to read? A delightful fascinating book
26that I’ve just finished reading is Dr Dillon’s new book “The
27Peace Conference”. It sounds as if it might be dull & uninteresting,
28but it’s most un heavy, & as attractive as the best novel. He brings
29out the characters of all the men at the conference so. Give my love
30to John. I shall love to see him with his little daughter some day.
31I’m sure he’ll make an ideal father. I shall enquire of the voice
32at the telephone on Thurs-day to know when I may come.
33
Notation
The book referred to is: Emile Joseph Dillon (1919) The Peace Conference London: Hutchinson.