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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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“Don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?”

Anticipating the gift of a cupboard from his old nurse Cummy and answering the questions set on his last letter to her. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1670.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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“I warn you, you will have to cast back your eyes a good long way, close upon thirty years”

RLS was always interested by his own retentiveness of memory for childish things, and here asks her old nurse, Cummy, some questions to test the quality of hers. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1661.] … Continue reading

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“If only I knew any Latin!”

Written just before a visit to London. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1584.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 213-214] [Skerryvore, … Continue reading

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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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The only person who will really understand it

In the course of January 1883, RLS and his wife came safely at Marseilles and Nice, Where the author’s health quickly mended. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1061.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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This little book would never have been written

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 526.] To Alison Cunningham [Simpson 1898, p. 110] inscription in her copy of An Inland Voyage [Swanston, May 1878.] My dear Cummy, If you had not taken so much … Continue reading

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