Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: To Dr. Bakewell, Vailima, August 7, 1894

DEAR DR. BAKEWELL, - I am not more than human. I am more human than is wholly convenient, and your anecdote was welcome. What you say about UNWILLING WORK, my dear sir, is a consideration always present with me, and yet not easy to give its due weight to. You grow gradually into a certain income; without spending a penny more, with the same sense of restriction as before when you painfully scraped two hundred a year together, you find you have spent, and you cannot well stop spending, a far larger sum; and this expense can only be supported by a certain production. However, I am off work this month, and occupy myself instead in weeding my cacao, paper chases, and the like. I may tell you, my average of work in favourable circumstances is far greater than you suppose: from six o’clock till eleven at latest, and often till twelve, and again in the afternoon from two to four. My hand is quite destroyed, as you may perceive, to-day to a really unusual extent. I can sometimes write a decent fist still; but I have just returned with my arms all stung from three hours’ work in the cacao. - Yours, etc.,

R. L. S.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Dr. Bakewell, Vailima, August 7, 1894," 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 January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94M3BNJ7Z6HSVW5.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Dr. Bakewell, Vailima, August 7, 1894." 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. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94M3BNJ7Z6HSVW5.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Dr. Bakewell, Vailima, August 7, 1894' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94M3BNJ7Z6HSVW5.