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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/2/7-10
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 17 January 1886
Address FromRoyal Spa Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
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. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 Royal Spa Hotel
2 Shanklin
3 I of W.
4 Sunday morning
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6 I did not think my letter was difficult to understand not so difficult
7as yours are. What I meant was that I have now the greatest desire –
8necessity – to produce, but absolutely no impulse to give out to
9others what I do; & your letter, by showing you felt interest in my
10work gives a slight impulse in that direction. I presume if you
11didn’t feel interested in it you wouldn’t have written as you do.
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13 When I said sharp satisfaction I meant sharp satisfaction. I asked
14Miss H to come & meet you; she said she thought it she would rather
15not. Mrs Cobb had written to explain to you. I send you my letter to
16her which you may read as it is about yourself, & then please send on.
17It was a pity you & she did not meet. Things are always so much better
18talked over face to face. My fear is you were too much knocked up.
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20 I wish you were in a place as quiet & restful as this, in this whole
21huge hotel no one but myself & one man. I am sitting in the great
22glass house that covers in the front of the hotel, with the blue sea &
23sky outside. I would be rather glad if you would send me a card in a
24few days time as I am a little anxious to know how you are.
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26 Olive Schreiner
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28 Ray came to see me before I left, & I liked him
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