Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Doctor Hyde of Honolulu
Letter from Stevenson to Reverend C.M. Hyde of Honolulu in rebuttal to a letter written by Reverend Hyde to Reverend H.B. Gage (1889) which denounced Father Damien, who worked in the leper colony of Kalawao, Hawaii, province of Molokai.
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How presient Robert Louis Stevenson was -- On October 11, 2009, Father Damien will be made a saint, by the hand of the Pope at the Vatican, in view of his miraculous life, and miracles having occurred in his name since that time. A modern statue of him, in metal, a copy of an original carved in native Hawaiian woods, resides in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, a gift of pride by Hawaii as one of their favorite sons. This small book, comprised of an open letter to a pompous cleric who had bothered to publish a slanderous letter concerning the devoted and soon sainted priest, a man not of his faith. Stevenson uses his pen like a foil, and refers to having removed the rubber tip from its sharp point. This letter should be read in every literary class, and certainly every class in journalism. A moving experience, and a classic portrait of a truly great man of history and faith.