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All races are better away from their own country

Jules Simoneau (1820-1908) was the keeper of the inn and restaurant where RLS had boarded at Monterey, California, in the autumn of 1879, while waiting for his future wife’s divorce to become final. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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A certain warmth (tepid enough) and a certain dash of the picturesque are my poor essential qualities

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1143.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 161-162] La Solitude, Hyères, 26th September 1883 My … Continue reading

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It is the history of our kindnesses that alone makes this world tolerable

The copy of the Monterey paper here mentioned is probably the Monterey Californian of 11 November 1879, containing RLS’s article ‘San Carlos Day’ signed ‘The Monterey Barbarian’, and repulished in Scribner’s Magazine, August 1920. [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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Kids are what is the matter with me

In the first week of January 1874 Sidney Colvin goes for some necessary work to Paris, with the intention of returning towards the end of the month. The following letter introduces the Russian sisters, Madame Nadia Zassetsky and Madame Sophie … Continue reading

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Beggars must not be choosers

After spending a few days in one of the more retired hotels of Monte Carlo, RLS and Sidney Colvin go on to Mentone and settle at the Hotel Mirabeau, (no more existing) near the eastern extremity of the town. P.R. … Continue reading

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