Monthly Archives: January 2018

“I promise you the paper-knife shall go to sea with me”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1875.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 381] [South Place Hotel, Finsbury, ? 21 August 1887] My dear Miss Boodle, I promise you the paper-knife shall … Continue reading

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“I am most anxious to have the proofs with me on the voyage”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1868.] To Messrs Chatto & Windus [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 381-382] Bournemouth [15 August 1887] Dear Sirs, I here enclose the two titles. Had you not better send me … Continue reading

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“We shall steal incognito into la bonne ville”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1863.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 380] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, August 6th, 1887] My dear Low, We ― my mother,    my wife,   my … Continue reading

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“I almost begin to feel as if I should care to live”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1860.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 379-380] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 2] August 1887 Dear lad, […] … Continue reading

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“I shall have it on my tomb ― ‘He ran a butler'”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1830.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 332-333] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 3 June 1887] My … Continue reading

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“The funeral… would have pleased him”

Within a fortnight after the date of the previous letter RLS went himself, and for the last time, to Scotland; not, indeed, to visit his old haunts among the Pentlands, but to be present, too late for recognition, at the … Continue reading

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“I do not write possibly with all the really somewhat sickened gravity I feel”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1798.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 375-377] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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