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