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“In the purest innocence of mind”

At the date of the present letter RLS was managing all his publishing arrangements himself. An occasional lapse of memory or attention betrayed him once or twice into misunderstandings, and once at least conflicting agreements with two different publishers, both … Continue reading

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“A prophet has certainly a devil of a lot of honour (and much coins) in another country”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1901.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 234-236] [Saranac Lake, c. 8 October 1887] My dear lad, I … Continue reading

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“Fame is nothing to a yacht; experto crede”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1892.] To Sir Walter Simpson [Colvin 1912, pp. 231-233] [Saranac Lake, Early October, 1887.l My dear Simpson, the address is c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, N.Y., … Continue reading

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“I am now a salaried person… but the slavery may overweigh me”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1886.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 9-10] New York [c. 24 September 1887] My dear lad, Herewith verses for Dr. Hake, which please communicate.   I did … Continue reading

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“Like an Italian cinque-cento medallion”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1885.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 8-9] [Hotel St. Stephen, New York, 24 September … Continue reading

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In Arabia… me they would denominate the “Father of Bones”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1184.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 171-172] [Chalet la Solitude, Hyères, Late November 1883] Colvin, … Continue reading

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To the folks that mind o’ me when I’m awa’

The Dook de Karneel (= Duke of Cornhill) and Marky de Stephen is Leslie Stephen, the editor of Cornill Magazine. The “blood and thunder” is RLS’s story, The Pavilion on the Links, just then accepted for the Cornhill. The Deacon … Continue reading

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