To a correspondent not personally known to RLS, who had by some means heard of the Great North Road project. RLS’s novel was published posthumous and unfinished (8 chap.) in the Illustrated London News, Christmas Supplement 1895 .
[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1441.]
To C. Howard Carrington [Colvin 1912, p. 206]
Skerryvore, Bournemouth, June 9th 
The Great North Road is still unfinished;
it is scarce I should say beyond Highgate:
but it will be finished some day, bar the big accident. It will not however gratify your taste; the highwayman is not grasped: what you would have liked (and I, believe me) would have been Jerry Ahershaw:
but Jerry was not written at the fit moment; I have outgrown the taste – and his romantic horse-shoes clatter faintlier down the incline towards Lethe.
Robert Louis Stevenson