Monthly Archives: May 2017

“Herewith goes my new book, … I hope you will like it: I do”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1654.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1912, p. 216] [Bournemouth, 16 July, 1886] My dear Cummy, Herewith goes my new book, in which you will find some places that you … Continue reading

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“It looks like a mixture of an aztec idol, a lion, an Indian Rajah, and a woman”

RLS’s parents had been thinking of trying a winter at Bournemouth for the sake of being near their son, a plan which was eventually carried out. His health was now fast and painfully breaking. [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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“How am I to vote?”

Written after his return from a visit to London, and after the decision of PM Gladstone to dissolve Parliament on the defeat of the Home Rule Bill (June 8, 1886). As to the tale entitled The Travelling Companion, it was thought … Continue reading

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