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To have suffered… sets a keen edge on what remains of the agreeable. This is a great truth, and has to be learned in the fire

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1485.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 297-299] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 1 November 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, It is possible my father may be soon down with … Continue reading

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I believe in playing dark with second and third-rate work

RLS was beginning to realise that work at play-writing in collaboration with Henley was doing much more to exhaust his strength than to replenish either of their purses, and Henley, who had built hopes of fame and fortune on their … Continue reading

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The Journals and Private Correspondence of David, King of Israel

The following flight of fancy refers to supposed errors of judgment on the part of an eminent firm of publishers (Cassell’s), with whom RLS had at this time no connection. Very soon afterwards he entered into pleasant relations with them … Continue reading

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I take my walks abroad, witching the world

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 838.] To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 56-57] The Cottage, Castleton of Braemar [Mid-August 1881]. … Continue reading

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The whole necessary morality is kindness

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 766.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 24-26] [Davos], December 26, 1880. Christmas Sermon My … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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And yet the ships were beautiful to see, as they are always

The French verse is from a poem by the French poet and writer Théodore de Banville (see previous post). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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