Fanny Stevenson had left Saranac Lake on October 6th, 1887, to visit her mother and sister Josephine (a banker’s wife) at Danville, Indiana.
[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by the editor of the Anderson’s Sale Catalogue, while the original was sold in 1914. See Mehew 6, 1898.]
To his Wife [Anderson’s Sale Catalogues, I, Nov. 1914, 138]
[Saranac Lake, c. 8 October 1887]
My dear fellow,
[…] I have just finished my first paper for Scribner: A dreamer of dreams, I call it: it is just a gossip with stories, but I do not think it is altogether bad.
[…] By tomorrow, I shall hope to have rewritten it […] and I shall have earned one twelfth part of £720 […]What do you think of that, gay madam? It does seem wrong, does it not? But it can’t be helped. […]
There has come a Longman with a most humorous and tactful article by Gosse: ‘Mr R.L. Stevenson as a poet.’
And a few verses by Lang, beginning ‘Dear Louis of the awful cheek’. …