He cottoned more than my rosiest visions had inspired me to hope

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1492.]

To W.E. Henley [Balfour 1901, II, p. 14]

Skerryvore [c. 12 November 1885]

[…] I had yesterday a letter from George Meredith, which was one of the events of my life.

George Meredith (1828-1909), English novelist and poet, in 1886. RLS proposed for a subscription among his friends to have a portrait painted of him [http://media.vam.ac.uk]

George Meredith (1828-1909), English novelist and poet, in 1886. RLS proposed for a subscription among his friends to have a portrait painted of him [http://media.vam.ac.uk]

He cottoned (for one thing), though with differences, to Otto;

https://ia802308.us.archive.org/BookReader/BookReaderImages.php?zip=/25/items/princeottoromanc02stev/princeottoromanc02stev_jp2.zip&file=princeottoromanc02stev_jp2/princeottoromanc02stev_0007.jp2&scale=3.574223245109321&rotate=0

 

cottoned more than my rosiest visions had inspired me to hope; said things that (from him) I would blush to quote. […]

Meredith’s letter unfortunately has disappeared, but in another he said: “I have read pieces of Prince Otto, admiring the royal manner of your cutting away of the novelist’s lumber. Straighty to matter is the secret. Also approving your article on style.” [www.telegraph.co.uk]

Meredith’s letter unfortunately has disappeared, but in another he said: “I have read pieces of Prince Otto, admiring the royal manner of your cutting away of the novelist’s lumber. Straighty to matter is the secret. Also approving your article on style.” [www.telegraph.co.uk]

[http://images.npg.org.uk]

Another portrait of Meredith, by F. Watts, 1893 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

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