Monthly Archives: July 2016

There are two sides to all things, and the old scalded baby had his noble side

RLS had been asked by his father to look over the proofs of a paper which the latter was about to read, as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, ‘On the Principal Causes of Silting in Estuaries,’ in connection … Continue reading

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No, I am no equalitarian

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1374.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 264-265] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, [? 6] January 1885 Dear … Continue reading

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I should have to mark passages I fear, and certainly note pages on the fly

RLS had begun with great eagerness to prepare material for a volume on the Duke of Wellington for the series of English Worthies published by Longman and edited by his frined Andrew Lang, but beyond preparation the scheme never went. … Continue reading

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I am so accustomed to hear nonsense spoken about all the arts

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1359.] To Henry Arthur Jones [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 261] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, Dec. 30, 1884 Dear Sir, I am so accustomed to hear nonsense spoken about all the … Continue reading

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It is path-breaking and epoch-making; but I do not think the public will be readily convoked to its perusal

[A usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1357.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 260-261] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Late December 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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And if that is not health, it is the nearest I am like to have

RLS and his wife were still busy on More New Arabian Nights (the romance of the Great North Road having been begun and postponed). The question here touched is, to what publishers should they be offered. [Dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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They are to flash out before the world with our old friend of Kinnaird, The Body Snatcher

RLS had been unable to finish for the Pall Mall Christmas number the tale he had first intended; had tried the publishers with Markheim (afterwards printed in the collection called Merry Men), which proved too short; had then furbished up … Continue reading

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