“If you could see the ink … They don’t write much here; I bet what you please”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1894.]

To Charles Fairchild [Colvin 1912, pp. 233-234]

Post Office, Saranac Lake,

Adirondacks, N. Y.

[c. 8 October, 1887]

My dear Fairchild,

I do not live in the Post Office; that is only my address;

Saranac Lake Postmaster, Milo B. Miller (1844-1917), who built the first real post office in his store, 44 Main Street, and held the office during RLS’s staying [https://localwiki.org]

Place of the old Post Office, Saranac Lake, 44 Main Street.

 

I live at “Baker’s,” a house upon a hill, and very jolly in every way.

Baker’s cottage, Saranac Lake, c. 1900-1910 [https://localwiki.org]

  

I believe this is going to do: we have a kind of a garret of a spare room, where hardy visitors can sleep, and our table (if homely) is not bad.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/Saranac_Lake_-_Stevenson_Cottage.jpg

Baker’s cottage, now RLS Museum at Saranac Lake. Upstairs there were Lloyd’s bedroom and the spare room [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

And here, appropriately enough, comes in the begging part. We cannot get any fruit here: can you manage to send me some grapes?

Eugene Henri Cauchois (1850-1911), Grapes in a wicker basket [https://images.niceartgallery.com]

I told you I would trouble you, and I will say that I do so with pleasure, which means a great deal from yours very sincerely,

Robert Louis Stevenson

P.S. – Remember us to all yours: my mother and my wife are away skylarking; my mother to Niagara,

Risultati immagini per niagara 19th century october

Niagara Falls, 1850s [https://assets.atlasobscura.com]

my wife to Indianapolis;

File:Groll, Theodor - Washington Street, Indianapolis at Dusk - Google Art Project.jpg

Theodor Groll, Washington Street, Indianapolis, at dusk, 1892-95 [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

and I live here to-day alone with Lloyd,

Picture of Lloyd Osbourne Stock Photo

Lloyd Osbourne (1868-1947), RLS’s stepson.

 

Valentine,

Lloyd Osbourne (right) and Valentine Roch (left), 1887 [http://robert-louis-stevenson.org]

some cold meat,

Libby, McNeill & Libby Corned Beef, 1898 [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

  

and four salmon trout, one of which is being grilled at this moment of writing;

Fresh salmon trout steaks on grill Stock Photo

 

so that, after the immortal pattern of the Indian boys, my household will soon only reckon three.

https://auctions.bidsquare.com/images/lot/1567/1567729_0.jpg

Harry Smith, Three Brook Trout, 1880 [https://auctions.bidsquare.com]

 

As usual with me, the news comes in a P.S., and is mostly folly.

R.L.S.

P.P.S. – My cold is so much better that I took another yesterday. But the new one is a puny child; I fear him not; and yet I fear to boast. If the postscript business goes on, this establishment will run out of P’s; but I hope it wasn’t you that made this paper – just for a last word – I could not compliment you upon that.

Charles Fairchild (1838-1910) was President of the Fairchild Paper Company, Boston [https://www.uwalumni.com]

And Lord! if you could see the ink – not what I am using – but the local vintage! They don’t write much here; I bet what you please.

R.L.S.

 

 

Salva

Salva

Salva

Salva

Salva

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