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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/59-61
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date31 October 1885
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToKarl Pearson
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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. The date of this letter has been written on in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location. .
1 9 Blandford Sq
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3 I liked to come very much yesterday. How nice your little room is with
4all it’s brown books. I liked Mrs Wilson but I can’t talk when I
5want to.
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7 Please send me your paper, I will like to see it very much, but I
8won’t have anything to say. If that Ruskin thing comes to anything I
9think I could get some nice names for it, P. Marston’s & different
10artists’ &c, so on. They only want more or less known people I
11suppose? A friend of mine sent Ruskin some Cape ^South African^ shells
12she had collected & he wrote her such a beautiful little letter. It is
13such an awful thing when that sense of your own possible complete
14wrongness comes upon you; but it must be more awful when it comes at
15the end of the life’s work.
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17 Olive Sch.
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19 Do you, or does Does Mr Thicknesse know anything of a man called
20Arnold White? I should be glad of anything you could tell me of him.
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22 O.S.
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Notation
It is not clear what 'Ruskin thing' is referred to, although an unknown hand has written: 'A letter of appreciation to be sent to Ruskin, see letter to K.P. in General Series Oct. 85. Ruskin was in depressed state.'