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The captain of the Hispaniola in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is a man named Alexander Smollett. There's also a Scottish writer named Tobias Smollett, and there's speculation that the fictional Smollett was named after him. What is the evidence for this, beyond the shared surname?

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    You should summarize the jist of your cited explanatory note 51: both Smollets were nautical, both were sardonic. Jun 15, 2018 at 11:30
  • @kimchilover Oh, I didn't even twig that connection. It's been too long since I read Treasure Island for me to remember Captain Smollett's personality clearly. Actually, those two connections sound like material for an answer :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 15, 2018 at 22:48

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