ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 01/08/1892 - HFSID 265040

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON. Promissory Note signed: "R. L. Stevenson", 5x3¼. Vailima [Somoa],1892 January 8. No. 537 filled out in another hand, payable to C. Hellesone for "$27.87½ currency". Stevenson (1850-1894) wrote travelogues, essays and poems, but is probably best remembered for his novels.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON. Promissory Note signed: "R. L. Stevenson", 5x3¼. Vailima [Somoa],1892 January 8. No. 537 filled out in another hand, payable to C. Hellesone for "$27.87½ currency". Stevenson (1850-1894) wrote travelogues, essays and poems, but is probably best remembered for his novels. His works include A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Treasure Island (1883), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), Kidnapped (1886) andMaster of Ballantrae (1889). Sickly all his life, Stevenson and his wife Fanny lived his last four years in Samoa, fearing that a return to northern climates would hasten his death. Although homesick for his native Scotland, Stevenson came to admire Samoan culture, criticizing German, American and British interference in the island in nonfiction writings such as In the South Seas. In a letter to a Sidney Colvin, later published as the Valima Letters, he described his life there: "This is a hard and interesting and beautiful life that we lead now. Our place is in a deep cleft of Vaea Mountain, some six hundred feet above the sea, embowered in forest, which is our strangling enemy, and which we combat with axes and dollars. I went crazy over outdoor work, and had at last to confine myself to the house, or literature must have gone by the board." Stevenson died in Vailima and was buried there. His home has been restored to its condition when Stevenson dwelt there. Lightly creased. Lightly toned. ¼-inch cancellation hole in center. Mounting tape on verso shows through faintly at center of lower edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
 

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