The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends - Vol. 1

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends - Vol. 1

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The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends - Vol. 1

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends - Vol. 1

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One day in the autumn of 1888, in the island of Tahiti, during an illness which he supposed might be his last, Stevenson put into the hands of his stepson, Mr. Lloyd Osbourne, a sealed paper with the request that it should be opened after his death. He recovered, as every one knows, and had strength enough to enjoy six years more of active life and work in the Pacific Islands. When the end came, and the paper was opened, it was found to contain, among other things, the expression of his wish that I should be asked to prepare for publication "a selection of his letters and a sketch of his life." The journal-letters written to myself from his Samoan home, subsequently to the date of the request, offered the readiest material towards fulfilling promptly a part at least of the duty thus laid upon me; and a selection from these was accordingly published in the autumn following his death.

The scanty leisure of an official life (chiefly employed as it was for several years in seeing my friend's collected and posthumous works through the press) did not allow me to complete the remainder of my task without considerable delay. For one thing, the body of corre-

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