I shall make an article of it some day soon

Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes which appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, in May 1876 (and then reprinted in Essays of Travel).

The Winter’s Walk, one of the most charming of RLS’s essays, was for some reason never finished; reprinted ibidem.

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 430.]

To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 244-245]

[17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh. Late January 1876.]

My dear Colvin,


1st. I have sent Fontainebleau long ago, long ago. And […] Leslie Stephen is worse than tepid about it – liked ‘some parts’ of it ‘very well,’ the son of Belial. Moreover, he proposes to shorten it; and I, who want money, and money soon, and not glory and the illustration of the English language, I feel as if my poverty were going to consent.

Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), editor of the Cornhill Magazine, c. 1860 [http://upload.wikimedia.org/]

Sir Leslie Stephen with his daughter, Virginia Woolf, early 20th century [http://upload.wikimedia.org/]

2nd. I’m as fit as a fiddle after my walk. I am four inches bigger about the waist than last July! There, that’s your […] prophecy did that. I am on Charles of Orleans now, but I don’t know where to send him. Stephen obviously spews me out of his mouth, and I spew him out of mine, so help me! A man who doesn’t like my Fontainebleau! His head must be turned. […]

3rd. If ever you do come across my Spring (I beg your pardon for referring to it again, but I don’t want you to forget) send it off at once.

4th. I went to Ayr, Maybole, Girvan, Ballantrae, Stranraer, Glenluce, and Wigton. I shall make an article of it some day soon, A Winter’s Walk in Carrick and Galloway. I had a good time.

[…] Yours,



W. Muir (1838-1911, attr.), Ayr New Brig [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

E. Bell (1862-1953),On the Road to Port Patrick, near Maybole [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

W. Muir, Girvan by morning light, 1876 [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

W. Muir, Sunset from Girvan Harbour, 1876 [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

J.M. Henderson (1863-1936), Ballantrae shore [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

J.M. Henderson (1863-1936), The storm, Ballantrae [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

J. Farquharson, Currarie Glen, near Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, c. 1872 [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

Stranraer [http://2.bp.blogspot.com/]

Broadstone road, Stranraer [http://postcard-heaven.co.uk/]

Glenluce Abbey [http://www.discoversouthwestscotland.co.uk/]

St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church. Wington [https://sp3.yimg.com/]

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