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“I will not sit down under the name of a giver of White Elephants”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1979.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 44-45] Saranac Lake, Christmas 1887. My dear Miss Boodle, And a … Continue reading

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“I have fallen head over heels into a new tale, The Master of Ballantrae”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1974.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 41-43] [Saranac Lake, December 24, 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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“I thocht I was sae dam patriotic j’inin'”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1964.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 35-36] Saranac Lake, 12th December ’87 My dear Charles, Will … Continue reading

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Do not forget that even as ‘laborare’, so ‘joculari’, est orare; and to be happy the first step to being pious

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1204.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 192-193] La Solitude [c. 23 December, 1883] My … Continue reading

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I kept up as long as I could in an imitation of a street singer

RLS left Davos on December 18th, 1881, and went after Fanny to Berne, where she had consulted a doctor for her own illness. The next is after going down to meet his wife and stepson, when the former had left … Continue reading

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Today, the south wind blows; and I am seedy in consequence

John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, better remembered today for his tormented homosexuality, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, with his wife. He wrote to a friend of his … Continue reading

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This is not a gay way to pass Christmas, is it?

Fanny Vandegrift obtained her divorce from Samuel Osbourne in Oakland, Ca., on 12 December 1879. The Emigrant is of course The Amateur Emigrant, the account of RLS’s journey to California, then still in draft. The “novel” should be A Vendetta … Continue reading

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