“Don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?”

Anticipating the gift of a cupboard from his old nurse Cummy and answering the questions set on his last letter to her.

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1670.]

To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 346]

[Skerryvore, Bournemouth, July or August 1886]

My dear Cummy,

The cupboard has not yet turned up, and I was hanging on to be able to say it had.

Alison Cunningham (1822–1913)

Alison Cunningham (1822–1913), by George Fiddes Watt [https://static.artuk.org]]

However, that is only a trick to escape another letter, and I should despise myself if I kept it up. It was truly kind of you, dear Cummy, to send it to us: and I will let you know where we set it and how it looks.

Carus Rearn and Andrew Silex and the others were from a story you read me in Cassell’s Family Paper, and which I have been reading again and found by no means a bad story.

The date of the readings with Cummy had been his seventh year.

Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper [https://pictures.abebooks.com]

Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper [https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com]


Mr. Galpin lent me all the old volumes, and I mean to re-read Custaloga also, but have not yet.

Thomas Dixon Galpin (1829-1910) was a partner in ‘Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co.’ [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

‘Amy Moss; or the Banks of the Ohio’ by Percy Bolingbroke St John, had been serialised in Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper 13 May-14 October 1854. RLS wrote that ‘It narrated the doings of one Calistoga, an Indian brave, who in the last chapter… washed the paint off his face and became Sir Reginald Somebody-or-other; a trick I never forgave him’. [https://books.google.it]

It was strangely like old times to read the other; don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?


That was Andrew Silex. – Yours most affectionately,








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