The cruelest lies are often told in silence.   --Robert Louis Stevenson

.[LETTERS - AUTHORS] 1920s Robert Louis Stevenson Club, Stevenson Society Club and other RLS related letters and ephemera, in which an illegitimate son born in Scotland is both confirmed and denied. Edinburgh: ca 1924. All notes addressed to Guy Richardson, Esq. of Boston:


TLS marked private and confidential, from the Hon. secretary of the Robert Stevenson Club, Edinburgh, 1924, regarding illegitimate son to R.L.S.
TLS, 2pp., on Little Brown and Co. letterhead, from Herbert F. Jenkins, 1925, regarding illegitimate son to R.L.S.
TLS, The Stevenson Society of America, Inc. Saranac Lake, New York, from Livingston Chapman, 1925, regarding purchase of cottage, Society plaque, etc.
TLS, Harvard College Library letterhead, William C. Lane, Librarian at Harvard Library, 1926, Widener catalog, Stevenson collection, Lincoln, etc.
TLS, half-tone illustrated letterhead, Stevenson Society of America, Inc., from Livingston Chapman, 1930, enclosing photograph of Poultney Bigelow, etc. Folding leaflet printed in sepia, Stevenson Society of America Application for Membership.

In the 1925 letter on Little, Brown and Co. letterhead from Herbert Jenkins, he quotes John A. Steuart, confirming a child born October 5th, 1879 in Alva, Clackmannanshire.. funds were directed to the child via Charles Baxter, but by 1925, he is living in cold charity 'for the Edinburgh that raves about R.L.S. gives him the cold shoulder'.. Fine. Letter. Click to purchase

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