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Forbidden … even to play Patience, that last of civilised amusements

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman. He won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. The Edinburgh Courant reported RLS’s illness and … Continue reading

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I won the toss, sir, and Hades went off once more discomfited

A poetical counterpart to this letter will be found in the piece beginning ‘Not yet, my soul, these friendly fields desert,’ which was composed at the same time and later printed in Underwoods, 1887. The quoting of St Paul is … Continue reading

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Yours, from Charon’s strand

James Walter Ferrier (1850-1883) was one of RLS’s friends from his days at Edinburgh University; he died of alcoholism as a young man. Somerset is possibly a reference to RLS’s cousin, Bob, who figured as the original of some characters … Continue reading

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I do not think many wives are better loved than mine will be

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 682.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 132-135] 608 Bush Street, San Francisco, California, Jan. 23, … Continue reading

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The trunk is the fun of it

The three “Rs” are, of course, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. RLS’s essay An Apology for Idlers was published in Cornhill Magazine for July 1877 and reprinted in Virginibus Puerisque, 1881. François Villon, Student, Poet and Housebreaker was in the same … Continue reading

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I have never been in a revolution yet

Katharine Elizabeth Alan Stevenson de Mattos (1851-1939) was RLS’s cousin and Bob Stevenson’s sister. RLS and Katharine played together when they were children. He will dedicate Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to her. The verses are quoted from Théophile Gautier’s … Continue reading

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