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Letter ReferenceMaria Sharpe 840/5/9-10
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1886
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToMaria Sharpe m. Pearson (1890)
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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. This letter was written before Monday 13 December 1886, the day of the Men and Women's Club meeting referred to. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from October to late December 1886.
1 Dear Miss Sharpe.
3 I have been confined to my bed for ten days The doctor wrote to tell
4Mr Parker I couldn’t get my paper done. I feel much better tonight,
5& will try & send a few lines on Monday evening to Mr ^Ryles^ Please
6send me Mr Ryles’ address as can’t get up to find card. It will
7take about fifteen or twenty minutes only to read what I would like to
8say. its only a little suggestion about illegitimate children, whi I
9can’t finish my unreadable marriage note.
11 Please believe me dear Miss Sharpe
12 Always sincerely yours
13 Olive Schreiner
15 If we haven’t enough for the next meeting couldn’t a bit of the
16"Rights of Woman" be read & discussed
18 I’m so glad you liked the poem. Please give my love to Miss
Schreiner's 'rights of woman' reference is to Mary Wollstonecraft's (1792) A Vindication of the Rights of Woman London: J. Johnson.