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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/2/69-70
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 June 1886
Address FromThe Convent, Harrow, 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 note is provided by the letter it is written onto. Schreiner was resident at the Convent in Harrow from mid May to the end of September 1886. The name of the addressee is indicated by content and archival location.
1 ^Enclosed has not much in it, but may interest you. I think the club
2might have a very important secondary influence on visitors carefully
3chosen. I had always meant wanted to ask Ray Lankester when your paper
4was read. Do you think the other members of the club would object? O.S.^
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Notation
This note is written cross-hatched over a letter from Isaline Philpot from 13 South Eaton Place, dated 10 June 1886, as follows:

'My dearest Olive

I did enjoy Tuesday, what a splendid institution the Club is! I thought it beautiful to see men & women meeting in that earnest spirit and trying to arrive at sound & scientific ideas on that all important subject. It must be so helpful to talk out things in that way, it must clear things so. Karl Pearson is splendid, I do admire him, what a mind he has & how simple with it all. I was immensely interested in the paper, how suggestive it was, one is so apt to think men have done all the important things in the world, it is very "eye opening" to think woman was all important in the primitive times, the arguments seemed very convincing. It is sad to think you have really made your last appearance this summer, it would be wrong of anyone to tempt you to break your resolve. The club must miss you dreadfully, it seems to me they want some more good women but it was impossible to judge on such a paper as few would be likely to know much of the subject. I thought the German girl seemed powerful. Mrs Cobbe seemed very nice & I was charmed (as I believe everyone is) with Miss Müller. I was so very sorry this afternoon to be out when she called it was so very good of you to ask her to call. I was lunching with my friend Mrs Unwin whom I should much like for to know some day. She is a friend of Geo Eliot’s Mr Call. I wonder how you enjoyed going to Mr Cash’s, you must tell me some day what she said about Geo Eliot, I gather all I can about her. I liked the Parker’s house, the atmosphere seemed so good & every thing in such taste. I liked Mr Parker very much, he was the man who supported Karl Pearson when he read his paper at South Place Chapel. Mr Parker said I might come again one day, do you think it would be allowed? I should so like it. I got the pencil today which they will change if not right. I thought you said 4/- but there were none at that exact price so I am afraid this is not what you meant it was 5/- but they let me have it for 4/6 as I said I was instructed to get one at 4/- ... With much love, Yours ever, Isaline P.'

Philpot refers to Pearson’s ‘A Sketch of the History of Sexual Relations in Germany’, read at the Men and Women’s Club, in June 1886 and his (1885) ‘Enthusiasm of the Market-Place and of the Study. A Discourse delivered at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, E.C. on Sunday 29 November 1885’, later republished in his (1888) The Ethic of Freethought: A Selection of Essays and Lectures London: T. Fisher Unwin.