Enclosing some supplementary poems for A Child’s Garden of Verses.
[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1279.]
To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 192-193]
[Marseilles, Early June, 1884]
Are these four in time? No odds about order. I am at Marseille and stood the journey wonderfully. Better address Hotel Chabassière, Royat, Puy de Dôme.
You see how this d—d poeshie flows from me in sickness: Are they good or bad? Wha kens? But I like the Little Land, I think, as well as any.
As time goes on I get more fancy in. We have no money, but a valet and a maid. The valet is no end; how long can you live on a valet? Vive le valet!
I am tempted to call myself a valetudinarian. I love my love with a V because he is a Valetudinarian; I took him to Valetta or Valais,
gave him his vails and tenderly addressed him with one word,
P.S. — It does not matter of course about order. As soon as I have all the slips I shall organise the book for the publisher. A set of 8 will be put together under the title An Only Child; another cycle of 10 will be called In the Garden and other six called Bedtime to end all up.
It will now make quite a little volume of a good way upwards of 100 pp. […] Will you instruct Bain to send me a Bible; of a type that I can read without blindness; the better if with notes; there is a Clarendon Press Bible, […] pray see it yourself.
I also want Ewald’s History in a translation. […]