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28 Publication of MNAN. May 6 (Wed) Reading Meredith's Diana of the Crossways. 10 James brings RLS a copy of The Times containing a favourable review of MNAN. 19 RLS and Fanny celebrate their wedding anniversary with a dinner at which James is a guest. June 2 (Tues) Stays for a few days with SC at London and Cambridge. 9 Returns to Bournemouth. 12 Death of Professor Fleeming Jenkin, aged 52. ' 20 RLS's obituary of Fleeming Jenkin published in The Academy. July During this month James leaves Bournemouth, having stayed in the town for ten weeks visiting his invalid sister.
December Early in the month reads the proofs of the American edition 1884 41 of TI (published by Roberts Brothers in February 1884) and of the book edition of SS. 13 (Thurs) Tells W. H. ' 31 Congratulates Walter Simpson on his knighthood. 1884 January During the first week of January Henley and Baxter visit RLS at Hyeres. Throughout January and February RLS is seriously ill with a series of haemorrhages which leave him comatose and unable to write. ' 8 Publication of SS in volume form. 12 To Monaco and Monte Carlo and thence to Mentone and Nice.
25 (Fri) Voyage begins at Antwerp. 26 Along the Willebroek Canal to Boom. 27 From Boom to Brussels. 28 RLS and Simpson travel to France by train, resuming their canal voyage at Maubeuge. 20 A Robert Louis Stevenson Chronology September From Maubeuge RLS and Simpson travel along the Rivers Sambre and Oise, and the canal linking the two. Their journey proceeds through Pont-sur-Sambre to Landrecies, to OrignySainte-Benoite, to Moy, to La Fere, along the 'Golden Valley' to Noyon, and thence along the Canal du Nord to Compiegne.