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Did you hear that I had given way to a convex mirror in the dining room?

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1456.] To his parents [Hitherto unpublished prose writings, 1921, p. 168] Bournemouth, July 31, 1885 My dear people, We are having great doings. The drawing-room will soon be lovely, … Continue reading

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To work two months, and rest the third

This correspondent was for many years head clerk and confidential assistant in the family firm at Edinburgh. The anecdote about Murdie’s uniform (first paragraph) could not be traced. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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The garden, which is above, is lovely, and will be cool in summer

From Marseilles, RLS and Fanny returned as far as Hyeres, a winter resort 11 miles east of Toulon and 3 miles inland from the sea. They stayed there through the greater part of February 1883, at the Hôtel des Îles … Continue reading

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We found the place a bed of lilacs and nightingales (first time I ever heard one)

On the way home from Switzerland to Scotland RLS had stopped for a while at Fontainebleau, and then in Paris; whence, finding himself unpleasantly affected by the climate, he presently took refuge at St. Germain-en-Laye. That was the fifth cholera … Continue reading

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You know I was a story-teller ingrain; did not that reassure you?

  The volume of studies was eventually called Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882), and the one of the essays Virginibus Puerisque (1881). The essays here mentioned on Benjamin Franklin and William Penn were projects long cherished but in … Continue reading

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Here I am living like a fighting-cock

RLS, hard at work upon Providence and the Guitar, New Arabian Nights, and Travels with a Donkey, was occupying for a few days Sidney Colvin’s rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, in his friend’s absence. The college buildings and gardens, the … Continue reading

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