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Letter ReferenceMaria Sharpe 840/5/7-8
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday December 1886
Address From9 Blandford Square, Paddington, London
Address To
Who ToMaria Sharpe m. Pearson (1890)
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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.
1 9 Blandford Square
2 Tuesday
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4 My dear Miss Sharpe
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6 Thank you for your letter.
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8 I think if Mr Lankester is asked to read a paper it should be by some
9member of the committee. He has an enthusiastic admiration for Mr
10Pearson
, which would make it more likely that he would be influenced
11by his representations than those of any one else.
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13 If asked to write it seems to me it should be on the evolution of sex
14in the early forms of life. A true far reaching conception of sex can
15only be formed when it’s development is understood: Such a paper
16might throw a little light on it.
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18 //I have not yet decided on what the subject of my note shall be but
19shall certainly send one.
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21 //Kindly show this letter to the members of the committee as
22explaining why I do not ask Mr Lankester.
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24 Yours very sincerely
25 Olive Schreiner
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27 Yes, "four dimensional space" is fascinating!
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Notation
Schreiner's projected 'note' was never completed.