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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/3/136-137
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 8 November 1886
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToKarl Pearson
Other VersionsRive 1987: 114
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Legend
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 has been misdated as 9 November 1886 by an unknown hand, while content and the next letter from Schreiner to Pearson in the archival sequence (9 November 1886, Pearson 840/4/3/138-139) shows it was written on 8 November. Schreiner was resident in Blandford Square from early October to late December 1886, when she left England for Europe.
1 Monday night 1:30 am
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3 Dear Mr Pearson
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5 When Mrs Cobb called the Friday before last she said that you had not
6been writing to her on the Hinton trial.
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8 She I did not make any remark. She then said, you had told her about
9Howard Hinton a year ago, & she asked me whether I was the person who
10told you.
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12 I made no answer to this question either, but simply looked at her,
13because I could not feel her right to ask it me. Now I have thought
14the matter over, & feel ^that^ if you think that you ought to tell Mrs
15Cobb
what I may have told to you, please do you may freely do so. If
16you have still any of my letters & would like to you can send them her.
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18 Please, feel with regard to anything I tell you or write to you that
19you may do with it exactly as you would with information you had
20gained for yourself; if you used it in a way I did not approve of I
21should think it an error of judgment; I should never unreadable
22^question^ your purity of purpose.
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24 Yours
25 Olive Schreiner
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27 Please send this note with yours to Mrs Cobb if you write to her on
28the matter.
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30 2.40 a.m. I moved away from you very rudely tonight. Do you never feel
31that you can’t bear any more, that you’ll break if anything more
32happens?
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34 Please tell Mr Parker I will try to write a paper note for the next
35meeting on the marriage (freedom in forming).
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37 Your face was so white tonight, it was so white.
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.