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Keep the jelly for the last

The persons mentioned below in the third paragraph are cousins of the writer and playmates of his childhood; two of them, christened Lewis like himself after their Balfour grandfather, had been nicknamed after their birthplaces ‘Delhi’ and ‘Cramond’ to avoid … Continue reading

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In Arabia… me they would denominate the “Father of Bones”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1184.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 171-172] [Chalet la Solitude, Hyères, Late November 1883] Colvin, … Continue reading

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Bewildering and childering are enough for me

The following is in answer to a letter containing remarks on the proofs of A Child’s Garden of Verses, then going round among some of his friends with the name of Penny Whistles, and on the instalments of Silverado Squatters … Continue reading

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We were all in a buck basket about halfway between the swing and the gate

RLS’s cousin, Henrietta Traquair (1850-1902), had been reading Penny Whistles (‘family’ edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”) and recognised herself and her brother Willie in the poem ‘A Pirate Story’. Henrietta lived in Colinton Road, Edinburgh, and had married … Continue reading

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A hundred jingling, tingling, golden, minted quid

The agreement, with Cassell’s for Tresure Island outright was signed on 2 June 1883. It provided for the payment of £50 on signature and a further £50 when the book was passed for press. RLS was to receive a royalty … Continue reading

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My soul sickens at the look of a quarto. I want a refined octavo

RLS was beginning to send home some of the MS of AChild’s Garden of Verses, the title of which had not yet been settled. The pieces as first numbered are in a different order from that afterwards adopted, but the … Continue reading

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This is the first real grey hair in my character: rapacity had begun to show, the greed of the protuberant guttler

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1086.] To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 129-131] Chalet la Solitude, Hyères [April 1883] My dear friend, … Continue reading

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