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If ancient services are of any account in that republic of our youth…

[A usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1493.] To Charles Guthrie [Guthrie, RLS, 1920, p. 50] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Nov. 18 1885 My dear Guthrie,   This may be presented to you by my stepson, … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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I was very glad to be back again in this dear place, and smell the wet forest in the morning

Having on the 14th of July 1875 passed with credit his examination for the Bar at Edinburgh, RLS thenceforth enjoyed whatever status and consideration attaches to the title of Advocate. But he made no serious attempt to practise, and by … Continue reading

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Passed!

RLS passed his Final Examination for the Scottish Bar, July 1875. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 405].  To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1912, p. … Continue reading

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I am at least a skilful accoucheur

Only nine of the second series of Henley’s Hospital Poems have been published. ‘Spring Sorrow’ eventually became ‘Pastoral’, in 1888. RLS was writing an entry for the Enciclopædia Britannica about Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780-1857), a French poet and chansonnier very … Continue reading

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I find my stories affect me rather more perhaps than is wholesome

No one of the stories mentioned here will turn out according to RLS’s dream and desire at its first conception, or even will be preserved for use afterwards as the foundation of riper work. “Clytie” is the famous Roman bust … Continue reading

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