Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: to Edmund Gosse

LA SOLITUDE, HYERES-LES-PALMIERS, VAR, [MAY 20, 1883].

MY DEAR GOSSE, - I enclose the receipt and the corrections. As for your letter and Gilder’s, I must take an hour or so to think; the matter much importing - to me. The 40 pounds was a heavenly thing.

I send the MS. by Henley, because he acts for me in all matters, and had the thing, like all my other books, in his detention. He is my unpaid agent - an admirable arrangement for me, and one that has rather more than doubled my income on the spot.

If I have been long silent, think how long you were so and blush, sir, blush.

I was rendered unwell by the arrival of your cheque, and, like Pepys, ’my hand still shakes to write of it.’ To this grateful emotion, and not to D.T., please attribute the raggedness of my hand.

This year I should be able to live and keep my family on my own earnings, and that in spite of eight months and more of perfect idleness at the end of last and beginning of this. It is a sweet thought.

This spot, our garden and our view, are sub-celestial. I sing daily with my Bunyan, that great bard,

’I dwell already the next door to Heaven!’

If you could see my roses, and my aloes, and my fig-marigolds, and my olives, and my view over a plain, and my view of certain mountains as graceful as Apollo, as severe as Zeus, you would not think the phrase exaggerated.

It is blowing to-day a HOT mistral, which is the devil or a near connection of his.

This to catch the post. - Yours affectionately,

R. L. STEVENSON.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Edmund Gosse," Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1 Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBSLLQWHMNET4MV.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Edmund Gosse." Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1, Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBSLLQWHMNET4MV.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Edmund Gosse' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBSLLQWHMNET4MV.