Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: to Sidney Colvin

[EDINBURGH, FEBRUARY 1876.]

MY DEAR COLVIN, - 1ST. I have sent ’Fontainebleau’ long ago, long ago. And Leslie Stephen is worse than tepid about it - liked ’some parts’ of it ’very well,’ the son of Belial. Moreover, he proposes to shorten it; and I, who want MONEY, and money soon, and not glory and the illustration of the English language, I feel as if my poverty were going to consent.

2ND. I’m as fit as a fiddle after my walk. I am four inches bigger about the waist than last July! There, that’s your prophecy did that. I am on ’Charles of Orleans’ now, but I don’t know where to send him. Stephen obviously spews me out of his mouth, and I spew him out of mine, so help me! A man who doesn’t like my ’Fontainebleau’! His head must be turned.

3RD. If ever you do come across my ’Spring’ (I beg your pardon for referring to it again, but I don’t want you to forget) send it off at once.

4TH. I went to Ayr, Maybole, Girvan, Ballantrae, Stranraer, Glenluce, and Wigton. I shall make an article of it some day soon, ’A Winter’s Walk in Carrick and Galloway.’ I had a good time. - Yours,

R. L S.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Sidney Colvin," 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 August 23, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWRSJ88TS56X42U.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Sidney Colvin." 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. 23 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWRSJ88TS56X42U.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Sidney Colvin' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1. Original Sources, retrieved 23 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWRSJ88TS56X42U.