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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/2/37
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 10 March 1886
Address FromBournemouth, Dorset
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 at two addresses in Bournemouth from mid February to mid March 1886. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 Tuesday evening
3 You must feel as if a great weight had rolled off you. You will
4perhaps feel better in health now that is done. I am glad you are
5going soon. I hope you will have no one with you. Abroad with the
6warmth, & the sunshine you will not be lonely. Please tell me exactly
7the name of the book, & how soon it will be ready.
9 I always feel with Ray Lankester that he is a vast engine without a
10driver. He needs to be saved from his own unreasoning power, & made
11conscious as it were. You could help him if you got near him. I might
12– but I’m not going to help men anymore – I want a place where
13its warm & to lie down in the sun on the ground. I can’t write
14letters any more. I haven’t finished my allegory.
16 Olive Schreiner
18 I don’t care ^so^ much whether I ever see you again, but I want you to
19attain your full height unreadable Absence from London is necessary
20for that; better for years than for months. I wish I could take you
21out of all your present life & put you in a new one.
23 I am living in one room at the top of a house. It is beyond the Bath
24Hotel among the pines. I can’t go out, so I make the kettle boil all
25day. I want the tea, but it’s such an
27 ^interesting occupation. My kettle isn’t a yellow one like yours
28it’s a little cold black one. Are you going to move from your rooms
29as you thought?^
The allegory Schreiner had not finished cannot be established, as she was writing a number at this time. The book she asks the title of is perhaps Pearson's (1886) Matter and Soul London: Sunday Lecture Series.