Across the Plains

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Chapter XII - A Christmas Sermon

BY the time this paper appears, I shall have been talking for twelve months; and it is thought I should take my leave in a formal and seasonable manner. Valedictory eloquence is rare, and deathbed sayings have not often hit the mark of the occasion. Charles Second, wit and sceptic, a man whose life had been one long lesson in human incredulity, an easy-going comrade, a manoeuvring king - remembered and embodied all his wit and scepticism along with more than his usual good humour in the famous "I am afraid, gentlemen, I am an unconscionable time a-dying."


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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Chapter XII - A Christmas Sermon," Across the Plains, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Across the Plains Original Sources, accessed March 2, 2024,

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Chapter XII - A Christmas Sermon." Across the Plains, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Across the Plains, Original Sources. 2 Mar. 2024.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Chapter XII - A Christmas Sermon' in Across the Plains, ed. and trans. . cited in , Across the Plains. Original Sources, retrieved 2 March 2024, from