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You see, we do some publishing hereaway

In the previous summer, Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, had paid his visit at Braemar, and listened delightedly to the first chapters of Treasure Island, proposing to offer the story for publication to the editor of … Continue reading

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You know what a lazy rascal I am

Alison Cunningham, daughter of a weaver of Torryburn, Fife, became RLS’s ‘good nurse’ when he was 18 months old. He was highly influenced by her in his childhood and remained devoted to her, all his life. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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For ladies’ love I once was fit, / But now am rather out of it

RLS’s uncle, Dr. George Balfour, had recommended him to use a specially contrived and hideous respirator for the inhalation of pine-oil. The ‘pirate doctor’ in the poem is Henley’s doctor, Zebulon Mennell (b. 1820). [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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The rain rains and the winds do beat upon the cottage of the late Miss McGregor

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 836.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 57-58] The Cottage (late the late Miss McGregor’s), … Continue reading

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It was a logomachy of my making

The Stevensons arrived at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on August 2nd, 1881. Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, was known for some time under his pseudonym H.A. Page, and later as a biographer of De Quincey. In 1877 he … Continue reading

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I am in a mad fury about these explosions

These years were those of the Fenian dynamite outrages at Clerkenwell Prison, the Tower of London, the House of Lords, etc. Jeremiah O’Donovan ‘Rossa’ (1831-1915) was an “Irish Fenian revolutionary leader, journalist and propagandist. After being imprisoned in England he … Continue reading

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