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Record 26678

Reading Experience:

'Translation enclosed, very literal, for the fun’s sake. I have taken stock/made acquaintance of the ["Treatise of Marine Works" which you have published in 1874 […] Kindly accept, Mister and dear colleague, the expression of my sentiments of perfect estime. (signed) Fred Andre'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between Apr 1877 and May 1877
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: 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 n/a
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Uncommitted
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frederic Andre
Title: letter
Genre: Technology
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 26678  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 207
  Additional comments: Letter 469, To his Father, [? Late April or early May 1877], [Edinburgh]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The foregoing material in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 207,, accessed: 14 July 2020

Additional comments:

The text read is a fairly lengthy letter in French from a French engineer, Frederic Andre, thanking Thomas Stevenson for a copy of his "A Treatise of Marine Works", published in 1874, which he praises and offers to translate into French. RLS has read and translated the letter and encloses a copy of this translation in Letter 469. I haven’t found anything corresponding exactly to the title of the publication in question as given in Letter 469. An article on “The Design and Construction of Harbours” by a Thomas Stevenson was published in Edinburgh in 1874, reprinted and enlarged from the article “Harbours” in the eighth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica



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