The siege of Saragossa, was it? or the Battle of Saratoga?

[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. 

RLS in 1883, with his dog Bogue, final transformation of Wogg’s name: in French it means chesnut-burr.

‘The lad’ is Lloyd Osbourne, RLS’s stepson (here with his family in 1883); as a student at Edinburgh University, he was admitted into the Speculative Society on 12 Jan 1886 (he resigned on 8 Nov 1887).

Lloyd became the 1145th member of the Speculative Society.

 

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,’

RLS at the Spec 1868-1869 list of members

RLS, 992nd member of the Spec, 1868-1869.

RLS's Edinburgh University notebook, 1869.

RLS’s Edinburgh University notebook, 1869.

Guthrie 1849-1920

Charles John Guthrie, member no. 1000 of the Spec, 1869-1870.

Charles John Guthrie (1849-1920) was legal adviser to the Church of Scotland from 1881 to 1900.

Charles John Guthrie (1849-1920) was legal adviser to the Church of Scotland from 1881 to 1900.

 

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,

George William Thomson Omond (1846-1929), Scottish advocate and prolific writer of history books, read an essay at the Spec on the Siege of Saratoga on 11 Jan 1870.

George William Thomson Omond (1846-1929), Scottish advocate and prolific writer of history books, read an essay at the Spec on the Siege of Saratoga on 11 Jan 1870.

 

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.

A variated quotation from Martial, Epigrams V. 20: 'Bonosque / Soles effugere atque abire sentit, / Qui nobis pereunt [RLS: 'perierunt'] et imputantur' (And he feels the good days are flitting and passing away, our days that vanish [RLS: ended] and are scored to our account.).

A variated quotation from Martial, Epigrams V. 20: ‘Bonosque / Soles effugere atque abire sentit, / Qui nobis pereunt [RLS: ‘perierunt’] et imputantur’ (And he feels the good days are flitting and passing away, our days that vanish [RLS: ended] and are scored to our account.).

 

We have had good fun.

Again thanking you sincerely, I remain, my dear Guthrie, your old comrade,

Robert Louis Stevenson

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