Monthly Archives: May 2014

The darkness made me a little fanciful

On a railway journey thorough Wales with his parents. Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. RLS’s essay on John Knox will be published in Macmillan’s Magazine, Sept. 1875. ‘The horrid story’ is the ‘horrible story of … Continue reading

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I wonder why my stories are always so nasty

On a railway journey through England and Wales with his parents, RLS arrives at Barmouth, and stays at the Cors y Gedol Arms Hotel. The Portfolio paper here mentioned is that entitled On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. The essay … Continue reading

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Why don’t they stamp their foot upon the ground and awake?

Back to Swanston Cottage, from his yachting tour in the Inner Hebrides with his friend Sir Walter Simpson. George Grove is for some years before and after this date the editor of Macmillan’s Magazine. After the Knox articles no more … Continue reading

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The Essays must fall from me, Essay by Essay, as they ripen

Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. The expression ‘my little girls’ refers to RLS’s essay, Notes on the Movements of Young Children, thought at Mentone. Dr. Appleton is the amiable and indefatigable editor of the Academy. … Continue reading

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The keenest artistic pleasure I know

A strain of anxiety has given a shake to Stevenson’s own health, and it is agreed that he shall go for a yachting tour in the Inner Hebrides with Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson (1843–1898), 2nd baronet of Strathavon and the … Continue reading

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Merged and mixed up in a quadruple existence

RLS’s cousin and friend, Bob (Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, 1847-1900), painter and art critic, is recovering at Swanston, staying there with his sisters Katharine and Dora (the ‘two cousins from Portobello’) and another cousin of RLS’s (on mother’s side), Maggie. … Continue reading

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I look forward confidently; I have faith after all!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 276]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 74-78] [Swanston, June, 1874], Wednesday. […] news reaches me that … Continue reading

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