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I am no cultivator of disappointments… but I get some good crops both of remorse and gratitude

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1211.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 195-196] La Solitude Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, January 1 [1884] … Continue reading

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We have had many other wild misadventures

RLS’s wife extremely vivid and charteristic account of the weird misadventures that befell the pair during their retreat from St. Marcel, Marseille, in search of a healthier home. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, … Continue reading

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It looks like a kind of lamplit vicious fairyland behind me

Thomson and Johnson were joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university of Edinburgh. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, … Continue reading

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The tales are all ghastly

At Kinniard Cottage, Pitlochry, Perthshire, RLS was for some weeks in good health and working order. His mother described the house in a letter as ‘a nice little Highland cottage with a pleasant talkative mother to cook for us and … Continue reading

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And then, I’ll stick to stories. I am not frightened. I know my mind is changing

The first draft of the first part of the Amateur Emigrant, when it reached Colvin about Christmas 1879, had seemed to him, compared to RLS’s previous travel papers, “a somewhat wordy and spiritless record of squalid experiences, little likely to … Continue reading

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I am now all alone in Monterey, a real inhabitant

The French doctor, Dr. J.P.E. Heintz, lodged at the ‘French House’, Monterey, a rough rooming-house run by his mother-in-law. RLS took meals at the doctor’s house and when he became ill, Dr and Mrs Heintz took him in and nursed … Continue reading

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There is a wonderful callousness in human nature which enables us to live

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 655.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 288-290] Monterey, 8th October 1879. My dear Weg,I … Continue reading

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