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Did you hear that I had given way to a convex mirror in the dining room?

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1456.] To his parents [Hitherto unpublished prose writings, 1921, p. 168] Bournemouth, July 31, 1885 My dear people, We are having great doings. The drawing-room will soon be lovely, … Continue reading

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But all this is nothing to the survivors

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1341.] To Elizabeth Ann Ferrier [Colvin 1912, pp. 200-201] [Bonaille Towers, Bournemouth, Early December, 1884.] My dear … Continue reading

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We’ll no gie ower jist yet a bittie. We’ve seen waur; and dod, mem, it’s my belief that we’ll see better

Elizabeth Anne Ferrier (“Coggie”) was the sister of one of RLS’s oldest and most intimate friends of Edinburgh days, Walter, who had died of alcoholism the previous year. The “Perfessor and his wife, and the Prinshiple” (at the end of … Continue reading

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Telling the story, not with the one eye of pity, but with the two of pity and mirth

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1266.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 218-219] La Solitude, Hyères [Late April 1884] Dear boy, […] … Continue reading

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They say Walter is gone

Soon after he was settled again at Hyères, RLS had a great shock in the death (of alcoholism) of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier. See RLS’s essay Old Mortality … Continue reading

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