Letter from Robert Louis Stevenson to Thomas Hardy, 24 August 1885

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Dear Sir

I expect to arrive in Dorchester tomorrow or next day; and if I shall be strong enough, I shall do myself the pleasure of calling on you – if not, I shall let you know at what inn I put up, and perhaps you will be kind enough to call on me? I think you must have heard of me from Gosse; [&] from [Page 2] whom, if the time had served, I could have got an introduction; but my acquaintance with your mind is already of a old a date, that I scarce felt such formalities were needed; and if you should be busy or unwilling, the irregularity of my approach leaves you the safer retreat.

Yours truly

Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thomas Hardy Esq.