“Aubrey de Vere the poet has been to see me: in a front view, he is simply my father”

A fragment published in a catalogue of RLS’s manuscripts being sold in New York in 1921

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1690.]

To his parents [Catalogue of Brick Row Bookshop, NY 1921, 51]

Skerryvore, Bournemouth [1 September 1886]

[…] I have been a little out of sorts, but I am charmed to say I am getting on with Jenkin […]. I am so glad you found the notices.

RLS was working at his memoir of his old friend Professor Fleeming Jenkin, deceased the year before.

H.C. Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885), a famous electrical engineer working on submarine telegraph cables, and RLS’s professor of Engineering at Edinburgh University in 1868 [https://upload.wikimedia.org]

Did Fanny send you the Athenaeum? It was good indeed, and by the best authority, Theodore Watts. […]

The Athenaeum was a literary magazine published in London from 1828 to 1921.

Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832-1914) was an English critic and poet, and a friend of Algernon Charles Swinburne, whom he rescued from alcoholism. He contributed regularly to the Athenaeum from 1875 until 1898, being for more than twenty years its principal critic of poetry [http://1.bp.blogspot.com]

Aubrey de Vere the poet has been to see me: in a front view, he is simply my father […]. I was quite moved to see him. […]

Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814-1902) was an Irish poet and critic. Phot. J.M. Cameron, 1864 [http://images.npg.org.uk]

Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814-1902) Phot. J.M. Cameron, 1915 [https://en.wikipedia.org]

Thomas Stevenson (1818-1887) [http://pharology.eu]







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