Just got a servant !!!!!!

The expression “a muckle hash of a weedy” (Scots) stay for something like “a large agglomeration of a scrawny person”. In a postscript Fanny described her new servant as ‘a most competent large middle-aged servant’, and an expert cook.

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1002.]

To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 109]

Terminus Hôtel, Marseille, le 17th October 1882

My dear Father,


We grow, every time we see it, more delighted with our house. It is five miles out of Marseilles, in a lovely spot, among lovely wooded and cliffy hills – most mountainous in line – far lovelier, to my eyes, than any Alps.

Saint-Marcel, East quarter of Marseille [www.marseilleforum.com/]

Today we have been out inventorying; and though a mistral blew, it was delightful in an open cab, and our house with the windows open was heavenly, soft, dry, sunny southern.

Cl. Monet, At Cap d’Antibes, Mistral Wind, 1888 [http://uploads3.wikiart.org/]

Open cab, Paris, 1876 [http://img.over-blog-kiwi.com/]

I fear there are fleas – it is called Campagne Defli – and I look forward to tons of insecticide being employed.

‘Flea Circus’, 19th century [http://timcockerill.com/]

A flea trained to jump through a hoop on command [http://timcockerill.com/]

G. Terborch, The flea-catcher, c. 1655 [http://uploads1.wikiart.org/]

A 19th-century lantern slide [http://2.bp.blogspot.com/]


Genuine Persian Insect Powder, 1858 [www.nycbar.org/]


I have had to write a letter to the New York Tribune and the Athenaeum. Payn was accused of stealing my stories! I think I have put things handsomely for him.


Just got a servant!!!!!!

Ever affectionate son,

R.L. Stevenson

Our servant is a Muckle Hash of a Weedy!


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