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 trouble with me all the days of my childhood, this little book would never have been written. Many a long night you sat up with me when I was ill. I wish I could hope, by way of return, to amuse a single evening for you with my little book!

Alison Cunningham (1822-1913), ‘Cummy’, RLS’s nurse, by G. Fiddes Watt, 1908 []

RLS's probable self-portrait, 1877?

RLS’s probable self-portrait, 1877?

RLS’s ‘An Inland Voyage’, 1st edition, 1878 []

But whatever you may think of it, I know you will continue to think kindly of

The Author

RLS's bedroom at Swanston Cottage

RLS’s bedroom at Swanston Cottage

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