The next letter is written in the styles and characters of the two Edinburgh ex-elders, Johnstone (or Johnson) and Thomson alternately, the joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university.
[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1323.]
To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 246]
Bonallie Towers, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, November 11 
My dear Charles,
[…] I am in my new house, thus proudly styled, as you perceive; but the deevil a tower ava’ [= at all] can be perceived (except out of window); this is not as it should be; one might have hoped, at least, a turret […].
We are all vilely unwell. I put in the dark watches imitating a donkey with some success, but little pleasure;
and in the afternoon I indulge in a smart fever, accompanied by aches and shivers. There is thus little monotony to be deplored […]. I at least am a regular invalid; I would scorn to bray in the afternoon; I would indignantly refuse the proposal to fever in the night. What is bred in the bone will come out, sir, in the flesh; and the same spirit that prompted me to date my letter regulates the hour and character of my attacks. – I am, sir, yours,