Monthly Archives: February 2016

To work two months, and rest the third

This correspondent was for many years head clerk and confidential assistant in the family firm at Edinburgh. The anecdote about Murdie’s uniform (first paragraph) could not be traced. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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We do not seem to be so badly off for commanders

The allusions in the second paragraph are to the commanders in the Nile campaigns of those years. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1227.] … Continue reading

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I am no cultivator of disappointments… but I get some good crops both of remorse and gratitude

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1211.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 195-196] La Solitude Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, January 1 [1884] … Continue reading

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I don’t want no such a parent… his gloom is gallows-worthy

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1205.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 193-194] [La Solitude, Hyères] Last Sunday of ’83 [30 December] … Continue reading

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Do not forget that even as ‘laborare’, so ‘joculari’, est orare; and to be happy the first step to being pious

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1204.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 192-193] La Solitude [c. 23 December, 1883] My … Continue reading

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Take things easy and be as happy as you can

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1201.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 191-192] La Solitude, December 20, 1883 My dear Father, I … Continue reading

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I have been to sea, but I never crossed the threshold of a court; and the courts shall be the way I want ’em

By this time Treasure Island was out in book form, and the following is in reply to some reflections on its seamanship which had been conveyed to RLS through Henley. James Runciman (1852-91) was a journalist and school teacher, sub-editor … Continue reading

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