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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/77-78
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 16 November 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 late October to late November 1885. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 Monday night
3 I send back Aspasia Thank you very much for it. Have you any book
4about that woman whose pictures you showed me? I know nothing about
5her. I should like to. There must be so many brave beautiful souls,
6men & women, buried in the mist of those back centuries. It is
7sometimes so nice to realize that the great beautiful souls we know of
8are only a moiety of those who have lived. Perhaps the most wonderful
9souls have lived & died know only to themselves! It’s sad in one way,
10 but in another it makes one feel so rich.
12 I’m coming on the 29th to South Place
13 Olive Schreiner
15 Mrs Cobb came to see me this afternoon: it rested me to see her
16beautiful face.
The book referred to is: Robert Hamerling (1882) Aspasia: A Romance of Art and Love in Ancient Hellas New York: Gottsberger Peck. The paper Pearson gave at South Place is (1885) 'Enthusiasm of the Market-Place and of the Study. A Discourse delivered at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, E.C.', later published in his (1888) The Ethic of Freethought: A Selection of Essays and Lectures London: T. Fisher Unwin.