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Joan Hodgson (nee Wickham)

Joan Wickham married Schreiner’s friend John Hodgson in August 1918. Her brief ‘reminiscences’ of Schreiner are reproduced in Cronwright-Schreiner’s The Life (1924). Earlier she had been involved in the suffrage movement, and Schreiner’s letters to John Hodgson provide some comments about this. These letters are affectionate but contain little of substance, although there are some comments on the aftermath of the First World War and the peace conference following it. Joan Hodgson’s reminiscences indicate that she found Schreiner’s passionate convictions on political matters somewhat difficult, so perhaps Schreiner was being careful not to frighten her. A 1918 letter on the Hodgsons’ wedding day comments that the occasion reminds Schreiner of her own wedding, of which she tellingly writes “But one can’t say what one feels.”. Other letters are concerned with Schreiner’s nephews and nieces and babies. There is also a clutch of letters around 1919 the birth of Mary Elizabeth Hodgson, a name which Schreiner clearly thinks unsuitable and ‘common’ but endeavoured to get used to.
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