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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/39-40
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 October 1885
Address From16 Portsea Place, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToKarl Pearson
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Legend
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 written on in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Portsea Place from early August to late October 1885. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 We have just given up the river because we feared it would be wet &
2cold on Sunday. Did I give you the address 86 Portland Place Nothing I
3have read by a man has made me feel so near to man as man as reading
4the Stella Maris. It is a series of sonnet in which is told the story
5of a man of high intellect who love a woman merely for physical beauty,
6 with strong passion; & of the bitterness that follows. It is the old
7old story of the immortal soul trying to feed itself with earth, but
8it is told here in a way that comes nearer to me than any where else.
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10 N I should like to see the miniatures. The third of the four great
11truths is one that comes home to me very much now, but in a healthy
12mind it ought to be ^followed by the fourth.^
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14 ^I mentioned Mrs Cobbs coming because I thought perhaps you might like
15to come in about eight or half past in the evening She stays till 9.30.
16 It would be nice to have a talk together.^
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Notation
'Stella Maris' is a poem by Symonds which is in: John Addington Symonds (1884) Vagabunduli Libellus London: Kegan Paul & Co.