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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/62-63
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 4 November 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToKarl Pearson
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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 written on in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 9 Blandford Sq
2 Wednesday
4 I am sorry I can’t remember Mr Parker’s address. I have been much
5interested in the paper. Of course I agreee with very little of it,
6but the first muddle about the A.B.C. is very good. The last little
7bit doesn’t to me seem worthy of you. I have a feeling that you are
8trying to prove a foregone conclusion for some purpose or other. Do
9you understand what I mean? Generally you reason right out, without
10caring where your reasoning takes you; so it be true. I don’t ^feel it^
11in this case. It may be my blindness.
13 Olive Schreiner
15 I am going to dine with Miss Müller this eve. to meet Mr Chapman. I
16shall ask him who that miserable article on Chastity was by. I think
17it was by unreadable a man called Aldis.
19 ^Please really read Whitman. You will like him so much.^
The paper that 'much interested' Schreiner is perhaps Pearson's 'The Woman's Question', read at the first meeting of the Men and Women's Club in July 1885. No 'miserable article' on chastity can be found in the issues of the Pall Mall Gazette around the date of this letter, although it was full of the Eliza Armstrong 'kidnapping' case involving Stead, with the articles on this appearing under the banner of "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon". See its editor W.T. Stead's four articles under this heading on prostitution and the age of consent, published in the Pall Mall Gazette on 6, 7, 8 and 9 July 1885. The book referred to is: Walt Whitman (1884) Leaves of Grass London: David Bogue.