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Record 17903

Reading Experience:

'I was much surprised at [what] Charteris said of John Stuart Mill. "Seemed to have been kind and benevolent" is used where, for any one else, he would have said '"was" kind and benevolent"; such locutions show a certain bias. But the strange part was his attempt to stultify Mill's position, and almost to pull mouths at him, because he had been singularly faithful in love. All this sounds so unlike what I should have expected from Charteris that I suspect bad reporting.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 21 Nov 1873
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Mentone
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: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Edinburgh Courant
Genre: Ephemera, report on lecture
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17903  
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: 376
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew. letter to mother, Margaret Stevenson.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 376,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:

RLS reading a report of a lecture given by Archibald Hamilton Charteris about J S Mill. Clearly RLS was familiar with Charteris's stance and with Mill's Autobography in order to be able to comment on both.



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