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“It is always darkest before dawn”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2153.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 132-4] [Honolulu, c. 2 April 1889] My dear Burlingame, … Continue reading

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There are two sides to all things, and the old scalded baby had his noble side

RLS had been asked by his father to look over the proofs of a paper which the latter was about to read, as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, ‘On the Principal Causes of Silting in Estuaries,’ in connection … Continue reading

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That tells on my old gipsy nature; like a violin hung up, I begin to lose what music there was in me

Colvin went out to Davos in January 1881, and found RLS apparently little improved in health, and depressed by a sad turn of destiny which had brought out his old friend Mrs. Sitwell to the same place, at the same … Continue reading

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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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