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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/96
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToKarl Pearson
Other VersionsRive 1987: 70
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from the end of November to mid January 1886, when she left London for the Isle of Wight. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location. The start of the letter seems to be missing.
1 [page/s missing]
3There is something very pathetic to me in the fact that as Hinton was
4in his dying state he cried out that it was all a mistake all wrong,
5wrong, wrong. That every thing he had written in the last seven years
6was to be burnt & thrown away. Poor old brother soul, rather than
7crush it, let us find out some better & nobler mode of relationship
8than he or the past have dreamed of. I say this not preaching to you
9but to myself.
11 OS.
13 One must be very careful of what one says because of Miss Haddon & her
14school. We must not crush other human lives. It is the men Hintonians
15that I feel so bitter against.
This letter is written on the back of a long letter from Mrs E.M. Walters to Schreiner, dated 17 December 1885 and sent from 5 The Avenue, Bedford, which concerns how sexually predatory Hinton was. Rive's (1987) version of the letter is in a number of respects incorrect.