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“Hawaii ponoi nana i kou moi (Hawaiian God save the King)”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2143.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 242-3: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, [Postmark 8] March 1889 My dear Charles, At last I have the accounts: the doer has done … Continue reading

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“I never knew the world was so amusing”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2137.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 114-8] Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, February 1889 My dear Bob, My … Continue reading

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“I had literally forgotten what happiness was, and the full mind”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1891.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 10-12] Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, New York, U.S.A. [Early October 1887] … Continue reading

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“Bar the dam bareness of the bass, it looks like a piece of real music from a distance”

RLS began studying the piano and composition in 1886. His arrangements and compositions include more than 120 pieces. The piece mentioned in this letter is RLS’s opus 2, ‘The Shoehorn’. We know from his essay Rosa Quo Locorum (1888) that … Continue reading

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“The works of Ludwig van Beethoven arranged and wiederdurchgearbeiteted for two melodious forefingers”

During the Summer 1886, RLS was very much taken up with trying to learn something of the theory and practice of music, and spent much of his time ‘pickling,’ as he called it, in an elementary manner on the piano. … Continue reading

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I vote for separations

As the ways and restrictions of a settled invalid were repugnant to RLS’s character and instincts, so were the life and society of a regular invalid station depressing and uncongenial to him. He determined, accordingly, to avoid settling in one … Continue reading

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Art and marriage are two very good stand-bys

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 915.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 77-78] [Chalet am Stein, Davos], 22nd February ’82. My dear … Continue reading

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