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A darling, mouse-colour, … costing 65 francs and a glass of brandy

Getting ready for his journey through the Cévennes (22 September – 3 October, 1878), during which … he will write no letter! The engineer is an acquaintance made in Monastier: according to RLS’s notebook, his name was Charles Goguelat (1822-1879, … Continue reading

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It depends upon what you call blue

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 184]. To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1912, pp. 39-40] [Menton,] December 4 [1873]. My dear Baxter, … Continue reading

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‘O could I fly, I’d fly with thee!’

On the question of the authorship of the Ode to the Cuckoo, which Edmund Burke thought the most beautiful lyric in the English language, the debate is between the claims of John Logan (1748-1788), minister of South Leith, and his … Continue reading

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I am, I think, as honest as they can be in what I hold

In the winter of 1872-73 Stevenson is out of health; and there begins a religious quarrel with his father. Perhaps Thomas Stevenson, a true Scottish Calvinist, discovered the constitution of the L.J.R. (Liberty, Justice, Reverence) League, a club founded by … Continue reading

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Don’t you wish you were a fool?

Back in Edinburgh, at  his family home, 17 Heriot Row, RLS writes to his Law school companion, Charles Baxter. Quotes: ‘Most noble Festus’: probably Acts 26, 25. ‘A mouse that hath its lodging in a cat’s ear’: J. Webster, The … Continue reading

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Follow, follow, follow me

In 1869 RLS has been elected to the Speculative Society (the ‘Spec.’) on the strength of his conversational powers, and he contributes several essays to its meetings. In 1872 he is elected one of the five Presidents, and Baxter is … Continue reading

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In such weather one has the bird’s need to whistle

In 1871, RLS begins his Law classes at Edinburgh University. He gathers round him a group of lifelong friends, all fellow-members of the Speculative Society at the University, a famous literary and debating society, founded in 1764. After a winter … Continue reading

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