This small collection consists of 9 original letters from celebrated British author Graham Greene to Sir James Marjoribanks, KCMG, concerning fundraising and site location for a memorial for Robert Louis Stevenson. An admirer of Stevenson's works, Greene was also the novelist's kinsman through his mother, Marion Raymond, who was Stevenson's cousin. The correspondence refers to the sale of a manuscript that Greene gave to the Robert Louis Stevenson Trust, of which Sir James was a director, in order that any profits could be used for the memorial. This was the manuscript for an essay Greene wrote about a journey he made in 1957 to China, first published in The Times, London, 1985, entitled, 'A Weed Among the Flowers.' The manuscript was subsequently bought by Georgetown University Library, and along with it, the pertinent correspondence between Greene and Sir James. Included are copies of three letters from Sir James to Greene, and a carbon of a letter from Sir James to the editor of the newspaper, 'The Scotsman' concerning the location of the Stevenson memorial.
Abbreviations used include: ALS autograph letter AMs autograph manuscript TL typed letter TLS typed letter signed
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