If it is your fate to fall sick at an inn…

During the last week in August 1885, RLS and his wife, stepson and cousin Katharine de Mattos set off to stay in a farmohouse on Dartmoor. The author was taken with a violent hemorrhage and they had to stop at Exeter, according to the doctor’s advice.

[For critical edition of this note, see Mehew 5, p. 126 n. 2.]

Written in the Visitors’ Book of the New London Hotel, Exeter

[Bookman Extra Number 1913, p. 172]

[New London Hotel, Exeter, Early September 1885]

I cannot go without recording my obligations to everyone in the house: if it is your fate to fall sick at an inn, pray heaven it may be the New London!

Robert Louis Stevenson

RLS’s entry in the visitor’s book at the New London Hotel, Exeter [https://archive.org]

[www.exetermemories.co.uk]

Original spot of the New London Hotel, Exeter [www.exetermemories.co.uk]

[www.exetermemories.co.uk]

[www.exetermemories.co.uk]

[www.exetermemories.co.uk]

[www.exetermemories.co.uk]

The New London Hotel, Exeter, 1830 [https://projects.exeter.ac.uk]

The New London Hotel, Exeter, 1830 [https://projects.exeter.ac.uk]

1837 advertisement of the New London Hotel, Exeter [www.bathpostalmuseum.co.uk]

1837 advertisement of the New London Hotel, Exeter [www.bathpostalmuseum.co.uk]

 

c. 1895 advertising of the New London Hotel, Exeter [www.exetermemories.co.uk]

c. 1895 advertising of the New London Hotel, Exeter [www.exetermemories.co.uk]

1908 advertising of the New London Hotel, Exeter [https://cdn.shopify.com]

1908 advertising of the New London Hotel, Exeter [https://cdn.shopify.com]

 

 

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One Response to If it is your fate to fall sick at an inn…

  1. rdury says:

    I have been hundreds of times past the site of the New London Hotel when I lived in Exeter; no doubt it was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War

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