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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/87-88
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 December 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 the end of November to mid January 1886, when she left London for the Isle of Wight.
1 Dear Mr Pearson
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3 You need not think I shall repeat what you said. I exercise a large
4discretion with regard to the things that are told me, that than the
5speak often would himself. I am not likely to repeat either that or
6anything else you might say to me.
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8 I do not think a devil rules the laws of the Universe (better stated
9as, "the general relationship between things") has no more ^conscious^
10relation to & is no more guided by our little wants & desires, &
11sufferings, than the express from Manchester to London is guided by
12the thought of the dust when it drives over & crushes it on the rails.
13Universal existence never appeared to me so serenely beautiful as now.
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15 Please be careful not to your mother or anyone to say anything about
16Mrs Diclander, it might get her into serious trouble.
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18 O.S.
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20^I want to propose Miss Hadden as a visitor to the next meeting. Will
21you second it? ^
22 O.S.
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