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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/47
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday September 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToJohn 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 can be dated by reference to Schreiner’s weekend visit to the Pethick-Lawrence’s country house in September 1918. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3Dear John
5Thanks for letter & books. I’ve sent the parcel on to Ursie.
7I’ve just this moment come back from three blissful days with my
8friends in the country. They have a delightful stage manager staying
9with them & his wife a delightful intellectual little actress who acts
10under the name of Muriel Pratt. We spent all out time under the apple
11trees in the garden & had all our meals out of doors. They live in a
12lovely old farmhouse a mile away from any other house. We were all of
13one mind & one spirit about nearly every thing - & its seldom you can
14find five human beings together in such perfect harmony. They were
15great suffragettes. When I asked my friend if if she knew Joan she
16burst out in her praise. She said she was quite the most beautiful &
17most charming woman they had ever had among the suffragettes so I was
18quite delighted. I feel so low spirited I could sit & howl coming back
19to my lonely little room out of that warm atmosphere of love &
22I’m going to rush out & get on the top of an omnibus.
24Give my love to Joan
25Your small aunt