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“To impress that obdurate dog, your reader”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1938.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 27-28] [Saranac Lake, c. 15 November 1887] Dear Mr. Burlingame, The revise seemed all right, so I did not trouble … Continue reading

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“When I say ‘writing’ ― O, believe me, it is re-writing that I have chiefly in mind”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1925.] To Richard Harding Davis [Sangree, R.H. Davis, Ainslee’s Magazine 7, 1901, p. 9] [Saranac Lake, c. 24 October 1887] Dear Sir, Why, thank you very much for your … Continue reading

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“… but if a tin of Margarita and a mass of cigarette papers came by post…”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Will H. Low. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1922.] To Will H. Low [Low, A Chronicle of friendship, 1908, pp. 398-9] [Saranac Lake, 24 October … Continue reading

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“I have never called my verses poetry: they are verse, the verse of a speaker not a singer”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1909.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp: A Memory, 1910, pp. 138-139] [Saranac Lake, ? Mid-October 1887] Dear Mr. Sharp, What is the townsman’s blunder? — though I … Continue reading

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“I am like to be a millionaire if this goes on, and be publicly hanged at the social revolution”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1907.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 18-19] Saranac Lake, [Mid-]October 1887 Dear Archer, Many … Continue reading

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“A prophet has certainly a devil of a lot of honour (and much coins) in another country”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1901.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 234-236] [Saranac Lake, c. 8 October 1887] My dear lad, I … Continue reading

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“I like myself better in the woods”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1899.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 14-16] [Saranac Lake, Oct. 8th 1887] My dear Gosse, have just read your article twice,     with cheers of … Continue reading

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