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What is bred in the bone will come out, sir, in the flesh

The next letter is written in the styles and characters of the two Edinburgh ex-elders, Johnstone (or Johnson) and Thomson alternately, the joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university. [As usual, dots … Continue reading

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As for my wife, that was the best investment ever made by man

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1181.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 181-182] La Solitude, Hyères [November 1883] My dear … Continue reading

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‘Dere’s de author’

The essay on Benjamin Franklin was never written. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 678.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. … Continue reading

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The handwriting is not good because of the ship’s misconduct

In France, RLS had met Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, the American lady who was afterwards to become his wife. Her domestic relations had not been fortunate; and almost from their first meeting, at Grez in 1876, he conceived for … 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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And yet the ships were beautiful to see, as they are always

The French verse is from a poem by the French poet and writer Théodore de Banville (see previous post). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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