[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1517.]
To Charles J. Guthrie [Colvin 1912, p. 211]
Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 18th, 1886
My dear Guthrie,
I hear the lad has got into the Spec. and I write to thank you very warmly for the part you have played.
I only wish we were both going there together to-morrow night, and you would be in the secretary’s place (that so well became you, sir) and I were to open a debate or harry you on ‘Private Business,’
and Omond perhaps to read us a few glowing pages on – the siege of Saragossa, was it? or the Battle of Saratoga? – my memory fails me,
but I have not forgotten a certain white charger that careered over the fields of incoherent fight with a prodigious consequence of laughter: have you? I wonder, has Omond? Well, well, perierunt, but, I hope, non imputantur.
We have had good fun.
Again thanking you sincerely, I remain, my dear Guthrie, your old comrade,
Robert Louis Stevenson