- 18 May 
Part of Pethick-Lawrence Papers
West Dene, 3 Charteris Road, Woodford Green, Essex.—She and Richard are moving to Ethiopia. Explains the reasons for the decision.
‘West Dene’, 3 Charteris Road, Woodford Green, Essex, England
I am going away to Ethiopia for a long time and shall have to say goodbye to you and everyone. Probably I shall never return.
Richard was asked to take a post at the University College of Addis Ababa. I thanked the Emperor but wrote that I could not spare Richard. That is a couple of years ago. Then I began to think it would be best for us both to go. I could be of more use to them there than here I think. This has been agreed. The Emperor is making all arrangements for us.
It means ending “New Times and Ethiopia News” which has completed twenty years, but I hope to run a monthly there and to write some books.
In many ways I am sad to go—to part with dear friends—and packing and disposing of house and goods is a terrible toil. But it seems best.
Perhaps I shall have an opportunity to see you to say goodbye before I go.
We expect to leave about June.
With love from Richard and from
Letter-head of the New Times and Ethiopia News. Sylvia Pankhurst is named as Editor. At the head Gladys Groom has written, ‘P-L. replied personally 5/5/56’.