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“There is but one truth, outside science, the truth that comes of an earnest, smiling survey of mankind”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1751.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 225-227] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Early February 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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Sursum corda; faint heart never writ romance

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1178.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 182-183] La Solitude, Hyères [? 15 November 1883] My dear excellent, … Continue reading

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Our little lives are moments in the wake of the eternal silence: but how crowded while they last

In memory of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier, who died of alcoholism three weeks before, at the same age as RLS, 33. The reference to a Mrs. Leslie is … 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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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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For any man who takes an interest in the problems of the two sexes, that book is a perfect mine of documents

In September 1876 RLS met at Grez-sur-Loing Mrs Fanny Osbourne, a 36 year old American, who was accompanied by her children, Isobel (aged 18) and Lloyd (8). She will became his wife in 1880. In January 1877 RLS spent some … Continue reading

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Her laugh does more good to one’s health than a month at the seaside

The following is in answer to a set of numbered questions from his mother. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 216]. To his … Continue reading

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