Mrs Oneleg. (Typescript, signed in blue ink).
Two leaves, typed on one side only. Not dated (probably 1925-1930). 26 x 20 cm. 95 lines. Two corrections, one in ink and one in pencil. Pin holes at left upper side and some waterstains, a few tiny traces of wear. A passionate and lively plea marked 'Confidential' for a pension for Benson's friend 'Mrs Oneleg', a crippled paper bag maker, who 'after a life of tameless energy, cheerful profanity and selfless kindness, has become a Parish Case'. It is not quite clear to whom this loving portrait of a London East End character was directed; it may be a short story, but it ends quite specific with a plan for collecting 15/- a week as a 'Lord George Govvament Pension' for Mrs. Oneleg, who is 'with her 59 years too young for a real pension and doesn't want to depend on church charity'. Stella Benson (1892-1933) was an English novelist and feminist, who also wrote about China.
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