Page 1 of letter Letter to Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson.
National Library reference: MS.3789.

Stevenson wrote this letter to his cousin, Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, when he was living in Bournemouth. It was 1887, and he was confined to bed for much of the time. He turned to writing music as a diversion.

'I lie in bed here with a musical slate, and labour at four parts till the world goes round me ... If one could only have a piano in bed; but then one would never get up ...'

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