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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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Winter seen from the inside of a warm greatcoat

The ‘Buckinghamshire affair’ refers to RLS’s essay ‘An Autumn Effect’, published in the Portfolio, April and May 1875. Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839) was a French poet and mystic who won recognition after his death with the publication of his Journal … Continue reading

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They have both husbands, and they are in Russia

William Murray, Sollicitor in the Supreme Court, is the father of RLS’s friend William Hugh Murray. With reference to the political allusions: this is the date of Mr. Gladstone’s dissolution, followed by his defeat at the polls notwithstanding his declared … Continue reading

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He will not be Jesuit enough to think that any end will justify an unjust law

The expression ‘the fat of the land’ is from Genesis 45, 18. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 200]. To his … Continue reading

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