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I should have to mark passages I fear, and certainly note pages on the fly

RLS had begun with great eagerness to prepare material for a volume on the Duke of Wellington for the series of English Worthies published by Longman and edited by his frined Andrew Lang, but beyond preparation the scheme never went. … Continue reading

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And then, I’ll stick to stories. I am not frightened. I know my mind is changing

The first draft of the first part of the Amateur Emigrant, when it reached Colvin about Christmas 1879, had seemed to him, compared to RLS’s previous travel papers, “a somewhat wordy and spiritless record of squalid experiences, little likely to … Continue reading

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‘Dere’s de author’

The essay on Benjamin Franklin was never written. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 678.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. … Continue reading

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There is one masterpiece fewer in the world

The two following letters refer to the essay on the Spirit of Spring which Sidney Colvin was careless enough to lose in the process of a change of rooms at Cambridge. The Petits Poèmes en Prose were attempts, not altogether … Continue reading

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I am driven forward by restlessness

On the advice of the Lord Advocate it has been agreed that RLS will present himself for admission as a student at one of the London Inns of Court and come to town after the middle of October, 1873, to … Continue reading

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All for nothing, except experience and dirty clothes!

In RLS’s biographical essay on his father, he’ll tell how in the end, at Wick, ‘the sea proved too strong for men’s arts, and after expedients hitherto unthought of, and on a scale hyper-Cyclopean, the work must be deserted, and … Continue reading

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