Monthly Archives: February 2015

The mere extent of a man’s travels has in it something consolatory

RLS had made friends with the American writer Charles Warren Stoddard, in the manner and amid the scenes faithfully described in The Wrecker, in the chapter called ‘Faces on the City Front.’ Stoddard (1843-1909) had written on 9 November 1880 … Continue reading

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Grant me the Duke!

Edmund Gosse’s anthology, English Odes, was published by Kegan Paul in 1881. Among the odes suggested him by RLS, he did not include Dryden’s ‘Threnodia Augustalis’, the ode on the death of Charles II. John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and … Continue reading

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Today, the south wind blows; and I am seedy in consequence

John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, better remembered today for his tormented homosexuality, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, with his wife. He wrote to a friend of his … Continue reading

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A man of my peculiar cut… into an Alpine valley shut

Addressed by way of thanks to a friend at Cambridge, Albert George Dew-Smith, who had sent RLS a present of a box of cigarettes. Dew-Smith, a man of fine artistic tastes and mechanical genius, with a silken, somewhat foreign urbanity … Continue reading

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Not Kamschatka this trip, only the top of the Alps

RLS, Fanny and her son Lloyd left Edinburgh for London on 7 October 1880: here Dr. Andrew Clark confirmed the advice already given by Dr. George Balfour that he should spend the winter in the High Alps. They travelled by … Continue reading

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And I have been a Scotchman all my life, and denied my native land!

‘Away with your gardens of roses’: first line of Byron’s ‘Lachin y Gair’ (‘Lochnagar’) in praise of the Highlands. The volume of essays must be Virginihus Puerisque, published the following spring, 1881. The first poem enclosed by RLS will be … Continue reading

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They had at first a human air / In coats and flannel underwear

RLS, Fanny and the 12 year old Lloyd arrived in Liverpool on the City of Chester on August 17, 1880. Accompanied by RLS’s parents, they reached Edinburgh the next day and stayed at the Palace Hotel before leaving for their … Continue reading

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