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“Will my doer collaborate thus much in my new novel?”

In Scotland the term “doer” is used for the law-agent or man of business of any person. RLS invited his friend and lawyer Charles Baxter (1848-1919) to allow himself (under the alias of Mr. Johnstone Thomson) and his office in … Continue reading

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“I know too well how difficult it is to put even two sincere lines upon paper”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1986.] To Archibald Charteris [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 55-56] [Saranac Lake, ? December 1887] My dear Dr. Charteris, I have asked Douglas and Foulis to send you my last … Continue reading

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“I will not sit down under the name of a giver of White Elephants”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1979.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 44-45] Saranac Lake, Christmas 1887. My dear Miss Boodle, And a … Continue reading

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“I have fallen head over heels into a new tale, The Master of Ballantrae”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1974.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 41-43] [Saranac Lake, December 24, 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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“I fear the railroad car as abjectly as I do an earwig”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1972.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 36-37] Saranac Lake, New York [December 19, 1887] Dear Miss Monroe, … Continue reading

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“All my spare time, is spent in trying to set words to music”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Balfour. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1971.] To Ida and Una Taylor [Balfour, The Life of RLS, 2, 1901, pp. 42-43, 211] [Saranac … Continue reading

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“It howls and blows and rains and snows in a pleasant medley of ill weather; and I am from the midst of it”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Caro Lloyd. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1966.] To George Iles [C. Lloyd, Henry Demarest Lloyd, 1912, I, p. 71] Saranak Lake, Dec. 14, 1887 … Continue reading

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