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“Barquentin R.L.S., nine hundred and odd days out from the port of Bournemouth”

RLS left Apia on board the German mail steamer Lübeck on 4 February and reached Sydney on 13 February. You may read about this ship on a Melbourne newspaper, 30 August 1886, here: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11570935 [As usual, for correct and critical … Continue reading

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Doctor Stevenson

RLS had used the phrase ‘family theologian’ to describe his father in Travels with a Donkey, 1879. In April 1884 Miss Ferrier (born in Edinburgh in 1844) went out to Hyères and stayed with her friends. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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It is time I sufficed for myself indeed. And I believe I can

The names listed at the beginning of this letter are used by RLS to mask his friends, as they were sketched in his essay ‘Talk and Talkers’, just then drafted (publ. 1887). [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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One folly I have not – I am not touchy under criticism

The references in the first paragraph are to the volume Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 940.] To … Continue reading

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Art and marriage are two very good stand-bys

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 915.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 77-78] [Chalet am Stein, Davos], 22nd February ’82. My dear … Continue reading

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Tales for winter nights

RLS had asked his friends to write a testimonial in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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The whole necessary morality is kindness

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 766.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 24-26] [Davos], December 26, 1880. Christmas Sermon My … Continue reading

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‘Vixerunt nonnulli in agris, delectati re sua familiari’

RLS and Fanny were married on 19 May 1880 by the Revd William Anderson Scott, a Scots Presbyterian minister, at his home in Post Street, San Francisco. After staying 3 days at the Palace Hotel, they left San Francisco. on … Continue reading

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When I suffer in mind, stories are my refuge; I take them like opium; and I consider one who writes them as a sort of doctor of the mind

One day at the Savile Club in London, RLS, hearing a certain laugh, cried out that he must know the laugher, who turned out to be a fellow-countryman, John Meiklejohn, the well-known educational authority and professor at St. Andrews University. … Continue reading

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And then, I’ll stick to stories. I am not frightened. I know my mind is changing

The first draft of the first part of the Amateur Emigrant, when it reached Colvin about Christmas 1879, had seemed to him, compared to RLS’s previous travel papers, “a somewhat wordy and spiritless record of squalid experiences, little likely to … Continue reading

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