RLS and Balfour
They nearly met! In April 1887 RLS wrote to his friend W E Henley asking him to contact Eustace Balfour, a fellow member of the Savile Club in London, asking for RLS to be put in touch with his elder brother Arthur. He wanted a 30 minute private meeting. RLS was incensed by Balfour's treatment of the Irish. He naively believed that if he could meet Arthur, RLS could change his mind.
Arthur James Balfour had extensive estates at Whittinghame in East Lothian. He was obsessed with golf, and would regularly stay in North Berwick for lengthy periods.
Had they met the conversation might well have gone like this.....