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Yours is the cruel part to survive; you must try and not grudge to him his better fortune, to go first

Professor Fleeming Jenkin, who in RLS’s early student days at Edinburgh had been both the warmest and the wisest of his elder friends, died unespectedly on 12 June 1885 after a minor operation. Austin was Mr. and Mrs. Jenkin’s eldest … 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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