BRACERS Record Detail
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Document is BR's statement.
BR begins his statement saying that, "Before I married Dora, she made it clear that she would, when married, expect freedom for affairs. I said, with some reluctance, that I would accept that, of course on the basis that freedom would be mutual, but that, if she had a child by another man, I should consider divorce the proper course. She was angry, but I adhered to my opinion." BR details both his and Dora's affairs.
He mentions that in the winter of 1928-29 ear trouble ran rampant through Beacon Hill School.
BR states that while in America in autumn 1929 he received a letter from Dora "... informing me that she was pregnant by Barry, that she was willing, if I insisted, to have an illegal operation, but that, by the time I could reply, it would be dangerous. I could not demand an illegal operation. To my subsequent regret, I did not then seek a divorce: there was the school, which depended on our co-operation; there was, on my part, the expectation that she would soon tire of Barry; there was the difficulty that I was absent, and should have had to leave the children in her sole charge at a time when she would have been dangerously enraged; finally, there was the fact that my engagements in America left me too busy and too exhausted to be able to think things out."
He discusses meeting Gillard, and intensely disliking him.
BR states that it was during the Christmas holidays of 1930-31 that he and Patricia realized that they were seriously in love. He discusses the deed of separation and describes Beacon Hill School, under Dora's care and direction, as dirty and disgusting.
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