Monthly Archives: April 2014

We have all been getting photographed

… and we haven’t found those photos… yet! Madame Zassetsky is the Russian princess wintering at Menton with her sister and kids, in a villa near RLS’s hotel. The first reference to RLS’s moustache. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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The moral of Berecchino

  For Stevenson’s description of ‘A Night in France’ with a piano playing ‘Dunbarton Drums’ (clearly being played by Mme. Zassetsky), see http://edrls.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/a-night-in-france/ [thanks to Richard Dury for his link!]. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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What keeps me here is just precisely the said society

Madame Garschine is one of the two Russian princesses and sisters, wintering at Villa Marina, Menton, close to RLS’s hotel. Andrew Lang(1844-1912), scholar, folklorist, and man of letters, is wintering at Menton, too. The paper on Roads, RLS’s first paid … Continue reading

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Madame proposes to hire a copyist

Mrs Andrews is the wife of James Bruyn Andrews, former American lawyer, now living in Menton because of ill-health, at Villa d’Adhémar. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of … Continue reading

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Last night we had a masquerade at the Villa Marina

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 239, dated Feb. 12]. To Mrs. Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 60-62] [Menton, February 6, 1874,] … Continue reading

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They have both husbands, and they are in Russia

William Murray, Sollicitor in the Supreme Court, is the father of RLS’s friend William Hugh Murray. With reference to the political allusions: this is the date of Mr. Gladstone’s dissolution, followed by his defeat at the polls notwithstanding his declared … Continue reading

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I had a quarrel with the American on politics

The Confederate privateer Alabama, built in England for the Confederate States Navy, caused disorder and devastation in the shipping of the North during the American Civil War, in years 1862-1864. The prolonged negotiations over the US Government’s claim for compensation … Continue reading

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