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Record 17257

Reading Experience:

'I can?t be more satisfactory [= about his travel plans]. I think I must be a relative of a man who advertises near here "[italics] D.V. Thomas [end italics], Purveyor of pure new milk?. Imagine anyone trusting to a man with so conditional a name for anything under heaven!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 16 Jun 1874 and 7 Jul 1874
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hampstead
county: London
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 and intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: D.V. Thomas
Title: advertisement
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture, Tradesman's advertisement.
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 17257  
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: 28
  Additional comments: Co-editor Ernest Mehew. Letter 290, To his Mother, Friday [? 7 July 1874], [Hampstead]. Details in square brackets have been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 28,, accessed: 20 April 2024

Additional comments:

A joke: the implication of uncertainty suggested to RLS by Mr Thomas's two initials -- D(eo) V(olente) = God Willing -- applies to his own reference in this letter to his unsettled travel plans.



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