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I suppose I shall learn (I begin to think I am learning) to fight this vast, vague feather-bed of an obsession that now overlies and smothers me

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1473.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 287-289] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, October 22, 1885 My … Continue reading

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A land of the windmill, and the west wind, and the flowering hawthorn with a little scented letter in the hollow of its trunk

Written in acknowledgment of the gift of a desk, used for writing in bed. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1396.] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Postmark 26 February 1885] To Austin Dobson [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. … Continue reading

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On winter afternoons, late, when the window was blue and spotted with rare rain drops

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1285.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 222-223] Hotel Chabassière, Royat [June 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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Dear reader, I deceive you with husks, the real works and all the pleasure are still mine and incommunicable

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1232.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 145-147] La Solitude, Hyères [c. 13 March 1884] Dear … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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A man of my peculiar cut… into an Alpine valley shut

Addressed by way of thanks to a friend at Cambridge, Albert George Dew-Smith, who had sent RLS a present of a box of cigarettes. Dew-Smith, a man of fine artistic tastes and mechanical genius, with a silken, somewhat foreign urbanity … Continue reading

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I have survived myself, and somehow live on, a curious changeling, a merry ghost

The old print which RLS is alluding here still remains unidentified. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 388]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin, 1912, pp. … Continue reading

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The look of his face was a wine to me

RLS was playing the role of Orsino in the rehearsals of The Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s. William Ernest Henley, RLS’s new acquaintance, suffered from a tubercolous disease: he had a wooden leg and had been … Continue reading

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A beautiful distance, neither blue nor green

Annual Exibitions of the Royal Scottish Academy have been held in the spring of each year since 1827. Works were for sale. The 1875 Exhibition opened on 13 February; it was reviewed by Frederick Wedmore in the Academy of 27 … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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