Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the Cornhill Magazine.
Charles Hallé and Wilma Neruda Norman concluded their concert on 4 December 1875 with Beethoven’s Sonata in D for piano and Violin op. 12 no. 1.
The review of Robert Browning’s Inn Album here mentioned appears, unsigned, in Vanity Fair, December 11, 1875. The matter of the poem is praised; the “slating” is only for the form and metres.
[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 427.]
To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 117-118]
[17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh. ? 6 December 1875.]
Well, I am hardy! Here I am in the midst of this great snowstorm, sleeping with my window open and smoking in my cold tub in the morning so as it would do your heart good to see.
Moreover I am in pretty good form otherwise. Fontainebleau lags; it has turned out more difficult than I expected in some places, but there is a deal of it ready, and (I think) straight. I was at a concert on Saturday and heard Hallé and Norman Neruda play that Sonata of Beethoven’s you remember, and I felt very funny.
But I went and took a long spanking walk in the dark and got quite an appetite for dinner. I did; that’s not bragging.
As you say, a concert wants to be gone to with some one, and I know who. I have done rather an amusing paragraph or two for Vanity Fair on the Inn Album. I have slated R[obert] B[rowning] pretty handsomely.
I am in a desperate hurry; so good-bye. – Ever your faithful friend,
Robert Louis Stevenson