Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 24420

Reading Experience:

'This [i.e. letter] had been lying a long while. I must send it off in proof I didn’t quite forget you. I saw yours to the Baronick, and was surprised at one piece of intelligence therein. Mine are always married before I begin, which simplifies things.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Nov 1876
Country: unknown
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: Uncommitted
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Baxter
Title: letter
Genre: Unknown, And personal matters concerning the addressee ("the Baronick").
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 24420  
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: 196
  Additional comments: Letter 456, To Charles Baxter, [? November 1876] [this date has been added by the editors], 17 Heriot Row. Co-editor Ernest Mehew.

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. 196,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

“The Baronick” (Baronet?) would appear to refer by title or nickname to a friend of RLS and Charles Baxter, to whom the latter had seemingly written a letter that RLS had had sight of (“I saw yours…”) and whose content seems to have alluded to affairs of the heart, causing RLS to remark here that his were always with married women (he being currently in transit from Mrs Frances Sitwell to Mrs Fanny Osbourne).



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)