Category Archives: Letters

“We can do no more than try to do our best”

In December 1887, RLS had sent a copy of his ‘Memories and Portraits’ to one of the most intimate friends of his father, Rev. Archibald Charteris, asking if he could recall something memorable of Thomas Stevenson, to be used in … Continue reading

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“Lloyd and I have a mutiny novel on hand – a tremendous work”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2053.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 64-65] [Saranac Lake] April 9!! 1888 My dear Colvin, I … Continue reading

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“It is in such a world, that I am very glad to fight out my battle, and see some fine sunsets”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2051.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 65-66] Address, c/o Messrs. Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, … Continue reading

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“Accordingly, at about nine one night Lloyd and I began”

At the end of March 1888, RLS and his stepson Lloyd began to write a story for the New York Ledger, a weekly newspaper. The story was called ‘Fighting the Ring’, and never published. Some pages of it, typewritten, are … Continue reading

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“You alone will possess that publication without sin”

Minna Caroline Smith (1860-1929) was a contributor to the Boston Daily Advertiser, translator and author of children’s books. In 1900 she told she had written to profess penitence for having bought a pirated copy of Jekyll & Hyde for 25 … Continue reading

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“It was a project I went into with horrid diffidence; and lucre was my only motive”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2043.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 236-237] [Saranac Lake, 31 March 1888.] My dear Gosse, Why so plaintive? Either the post-office has played us false, or … Continue reading

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“Hasty reading is the fit precursor of hasty writing”

In his review in Nature Illustrated Journal of Science of 8 March 1888, P.G. T[ait] criticised RLS’s Memoir of Fleemin Jenkin saying that ‘the weird imagination of the writer has proved too much for him, and some of his “situations” … Continue reading

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