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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/99-102
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 23 December 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 has 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.
1 Tuesday night
3 You surely are to be trusted. I have felt much pained by some thing, I
4have heard you have said. What Mrs Walters wrote was on my solemn
5promise that it was for you, & you alone. But what I said to you you
6the other night was far more important. To no human being but your
7self, not to Donkin, would I have told what I did but I feel sure that
8I am mistaken. [papertorn] As you know, I care nothing in a matter of
9principle what is said of myself. I have lived alone & in poverty from
10my childhood [papertorn] for far more abstract principles than the
11Hintonian. But the sacrifice is is one that must be made by each
12individual for himself not forced on him by others.
14 Please forgive my writing so, I am feeling troubled tonight & not very
15sure what I am writing. Can you come, if only for a few minutes
16^tomorrow Wednesday,^ on ^or^ Thursday evening, as I can’t explain in
19 It was a disappointment to me that you were not at the New Life.
20 Olive Schreiner
22 In truth I am suffering horrible remorse. One has no right to speak of
23others however perfectly one may trust.