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“The tales are like the fox, the goose, and the cabbage of the ferryman”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1732.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 220-222] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [23 December 1886] My dear Lady … Continue reading

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“A dam tale to order, which will be what it will be”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1729.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 356-357] Skerryvore, Dec. 14, 1886 My dear Colvin, This is … Continue reading

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“Ce n’est pas moi qui tiens la plume – c’est l’autre, le bête”

Written after a visit to Colvin in London, in October 1886, which had been cut short by fogs. Auguste Rodin had sent to RLS a plaster cast of ‘Eternel printemps’, to thank him for his letter defending him against the … Continue reading

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“As for gratitude, I am by nature a thankless dog, and was spoiled from a child up”

In his previous letter, RLS had asked Frederick Locker’s interest on behalf of a friend who had been kind to him at Hyères, in procuring a nomination for her son to the Blue-Coat School, at Christ’s Hospital. His correspondent, apparently … Continue reading

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“When I was dangerously ill at Hyères …”

To Locker’s acknowledgment of his verses (see previous post, Letter 1692), RLS replied asking his correspondent’s interest on behalf of a friend who had been kind to him at Hyères, in procuring a nomination for her son to the Blue-Coat … Continue reading

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“I do not so far deceive myself as to think I should change my character by changing my epoch”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1693.] To Theodor Watts-Dunton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 347-348] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early September 1886] Dear Mr. Watts, The sight of the last Athenaeum reminds me of you, and of … Continue reading

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“Not roses to the rose, I trow, the thistle sends”

Frederick Locker-Lampson, the friend of Tennyson and most accomplished writer of vers de société in his time, had through their common friend Andrew Lang asked RLS for a set of verses, and RLS had sent the following – which were … Continue reading

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