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Record 15972

Reading Experience:

?Your letter came this morning. I own I am troubled about its contents: I fear for your health, dear friend, in such an ordeal as that to which you propose to subject yourself. Be wise, for all people?s sakes; and if there be real fear, as I imagine, for your precious life, rather front the ugliest alternative.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 20 May 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: morning
Place: city: Swanston (according to editors)
specific address: Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, Edinburgh
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer, intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Passage dated [20 May 1874] by editors


Text Being Read:

Author: Frances Sitwell
Title: letter
Genre: Letter received by RLS on Wednesday [editors' date 20 May 1874]
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 15972  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 11
  Additional comments: Co-editor Ernest Mehew. From section dated Wednesday [20 May 1874] in Letter 274, to Frances Sitwell, pp 10-12, Tuesday-Sunday [19-24 May 1874]

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 11,, accessed: 14 July 2020

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