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“The place does not suit her – it is my private opinion that no place does”

Miss Adelaide Ann Boodle (1858-1934), the lady at Bournemouth, had been trusted to keep an eye on RLS’s interests in connection with his house (Skerryvore Cottage), which had been let, and other matters, and to report thereon from time to … Continue reading

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“When I say ‘writing’ ― O, believe me, it is re-writing that I have chiefly in mind”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1925.] To Richard Harding Davis [Sangree, R.H. Davis, Ainslee’s Magazine 7, 1901, p. 9] [Saranac Lake, c. 24 October 1887] Dear Sir, Why, thank you very much for your … Continue reading

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Some day climb as high as Halkerside for me, and sprinkle some of the well water on the turf

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1795.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 368-370] Skerryvore, April 16th, 1887 My dearest Cummy, As usual, … Continue reading

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“The difficulty of being ideal in an age of realism”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1550.] To Charles Warren Stoddard [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 320-322] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 13th, 1886 My dear Stoddard, am a dreadful character; but, you see, I have at last … Continue reading

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Yours, the Inexpressive Correspondent

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1530.] To Katharine De Mattos [Colvin 191, 2, pp. 286-287] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, [27 January] 1886 My dear Katharine, … Continue reading

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My letters should contain appropriate sentiments and humorous nonsense, or nonsense without the humour

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1509.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 306-307] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] January 1st, 1886 My dear people, Many … Continue reading

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When I feel with what marvellous kindness the wind has been tempered to my frailties…

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1409.] To Philip Gilbert Hamerton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 274-276] Bournemouth, March 16, 1885 My dear Hamerton, Various things have been reminding me of my misconduct: First, … Continue reading

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