Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: To Fred Orr, Vailima, Upolu, Samoa, November 28th, 1891

DEAR SIR, - Your obliging communication is to hand. I am glad to find that you have read some of my books, and to see that you spell my name right. This is a point (for some reason) of great difficulty; and I believe that a gentleman who can spell Stevenson with a v at sixteen, should have a show for the Presidency before fifty. By that time

I, nearer to the wayside inn,

predict that you will have outgrown your taste for autographs, but perhaps your son may have inherited the collection, and on the morning of the great day will recall my prophecy to your mind. And in the papers of 1921 (say) this letter may arouse a smile.

Whatever you do, read something else besides novels and newspapers; the first are good enough when they are good; the second, at their best, are worth nothing. Read great books of literature and history; try to understand the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages; be sure you do not understand when you dislike them; condemnation is non-comprehension. And if you know something of these two periods, you will know a little more about to-day, and may be a good President.

I send you my best wishes, and am yours,

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON,

AUTHOR OF A VAST QUANTITY OF LITTLE BOOKS.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Fred Orr, Vailima, Upolu, Samoa, November 28th, 1891," Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2 Original Sources, accessed April 16, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8T7CD2DFNHY1TYT.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Fred Orr, Vailima, Upolu, Samoa, November 28th, 1891." Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2, Original Sources. 16 Apr. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8T7CD2DFNHY1TYT.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Fred Orr, Vailima, Upolu, Samoa, November 28th, 1891' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2. Original Sources, retrieved 16 April 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8T7CD2DFNHY1TYT.