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Record 17418

Reading Experience:

'In a shop in Buchanan Street, there was exposed a little gold wristlet with 'Phil. 1.3' upon it; look it up in the New Testament and take the text, meine schone Freundin, as a message from me.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 19 Sep 1873
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Terreglestown, Dumfries
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: writer
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
letter to Frances Sitwell
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Paul
Title: Epistle to the Philippians, I.3
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: wristlet
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
seen in a shop window


Source Information:

Record ID: 17418  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 1
  Page: 304
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 304,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

RLS not reading Bible at the time. The wristlet he saw in a shop window had a reference to a line in Paul's Epistle to the Philippians. RLS must have been sufficiently familiar with his Bible to decode the reference and use it for his own purposes.



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