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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/3/149-152
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 December 1886
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London
Who ToKarl Pearson
Other VersionsRive 1987: 116
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The Project is grateful to University College London (UCL) and its Library Services for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The date of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, while the address it was sent to is on its front. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from early October to late December 1886, when she left England for Europe.
1 Dear Mr Pearson
3 Thank you for your letter.
5 I told you mentioned what I had written to Mrs Cobb because I felt
6that surely she had told you & you might feel delicate about
7expressing anger to me unless I told you myself:
9 //Yes I may be unreadable wrong. Thank you very much for your letter &
10its truth.
12 Mrs Cobb’s friendship & her love for you has been a great & pure
13thing. If you could turn away from her I would never want your
14friendship, she has been very true to you. Thank you for telling me
15you think I am wrong.
17 Mrs Cobb will tell you the parts of my letters to her which have
18concerned you, if you want to know them.
20 Good bye,
21Karl Pearson

23 You have been to me what Mrs Cobb was to you. You have given me back
24my faith in the truth & the purity of man. If I have nothing else to
25thank Mrs Cobb for, & I have other things, I have to thank her for
26leading me to know you. unreadable
27 Olive Schreiner
29 Thank you for the truth of your letter. When Mrs Cobb tells you
30perhaps you will find I am more in fault than you think. I won’t
31send you her letters to me, because it will take your time & life is
32short & you must work.
Rive?s (1987) version of this letter is incorrect in a number of respects .