Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu

Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu

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Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu

Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu

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The circumstances under which the Damien letter to the Reverend Mr. Hyde was written are in great part familiar to the readers of Stevenson's biography and of his correspondence; but they may be briefly recalled.

After their first Pacific cruise in the yacht Casco, in 1888-89, Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson were for several months in the Hawaiian Islands, and at the end of May, 1889, Stevenson carried out a wish that he had formed long before and that had grown upon him with characteristic intensity as he heard more of the subject, to visit the leper colony on the Island of Molokai. Father Damien had died a little more than a month before ( April 15), so that Stevenson never met the man whose work had interested him so keenly.

Of the visit at Molokai he wrote as follows to Sidney Colvin, showing, in a passage afterward closely paralleled in the Hyde letter, that however strong his feeling about Damien it was by no means founded upon any blind idealisation:

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