Indigestion has its uses

RLS’s letter sending the MS of Jekyll & Hyde to Longman does not appear to have survived, but Charles Longman, the publisher, acknowledged it on 31 October 1885. It was recorded by Andrew Lang in Athenaeum of 9 February 1895, when quoting this extract from RLS’s reply.

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1486.]

To Charles Longman [quoted by A. Lang in Athenaeum, 9 Feb 1895]

[Skerryvore, ? 1 November 1885]

It may interest you to know that the main incident occurred in a nightmare: indigestion has its uses.

In an earlier letter to the 'Athenaeum' of 12 January 1895, Andrew Lang noted that the dream occurred after RLS had had ‘a copious supper of bread and jam’ [http://pattyjames.com]

In an earlier letter to the ‘Athenaeum’ of 12 January 1895, Andrew Lang noted that the dream occurred after RLS had had ‘a copious supper of bread and jam’ [http://pattyjames.com]

I woke up, and before I went to sleep again, the story was complete.

The MS of 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' was sent to Longman in late October 1885 [http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk][http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk]

The MS of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ was sent to Longman in late October 1885 [http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk][http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk]

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