Monthly Archives: September 2014

You must not expect to hear much from me for the next two weeks

This letter tells of the progress of the Portfolio papers called Picturesque Notes on Edinburgh; and of preparations for the walking tour narrated in Travels with a Donkey. Philip Gilbert Hamerton, editor of the Portfolio and author of many well-known … Continue reading

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A darling, mouse-colour, … costing 65 francs and a glass of brandy

Getting ready for his journey through the Cévennes (22 September – 3 October, 1878), during which … he will write no letter! The engineer is an acquaintance made in Monastier: according to RLS’s notebook, his name was Charles Goguelat (1822-1879, … Continue reading

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It is a new form of excess for me; but I think it pays less than any of them

This letter tells of preparations for RLS’s walking tour in the Cevennes (South-Central France), narrated in Travels with a Donkey. He compared Le Monastier, a town of lace-makers, with Scotland, in terms of habits and accent. About the modern ‘Randonnée … Continue reading

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If they liked that so much, I ought to have given them something better

RLS left for Paris on June 7, 1878, and stayed at a hotel, 304 rue Saint-Jacques, ‘coin de la rue Val-de-Grace’. The following refers to the newspaper criticisms on the Inland Voyage, just then published. [As usual, for correct and … Continue reading

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This little book would never have been written

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 526.] To Alison Cunningham [Simpson 1898, p. 110] inscription in her copy of An Inland Voyage [Swanston, May 1878.] My dear Cummy, If you had not taken so much … Continue reading

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If people would remember that all religions are no more than representations of life…

Sidney Colvin had had business in Edinburgh, and had stayed with RLS’s parents in his absence (he was staying in Paris with Fanny Osbourne). RLS’s Inland Voyage was at this time just put into the publisher’s hands. The ‘Crane sketch’ … Continue reading

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I wonder if it’s old age?

The Way of the World is a slip by RLS for Anthony Trollope’s novel, The Way we live now, inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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