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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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“Don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?”

Anticipating the gift of a cupboard from his old nurse Cummy and answering the questions set on his last letter to her. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1670.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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“I warn you, you will have to cast back your eyes a good long way, close upon thirty years”

RLS was always interested by his own retentiveness of memory for childish things, and here asks her old nurse, Cummy, some questions to test the quality of hers. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1661.] … Continue reading

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“Herewith goes my new book, … I hope you will like it: I do”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1654.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1912, p. 216] [Bournemouth, 16 July, 1886] My dear Cummy, Herewith goes my new book, in which you will find some places that you … Continue reading

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Whether on the first of January or the thirty-first of December, faith is a good word to end on

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1508.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 305-306] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] Jan. 1st, 1886 My dear Kinnicum,   I am a very bad dog, but not for … Continue reading

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Keep the jelly for the last

The persons mentioned below in the third paragraph are cousins of the writer and playmates of his childhood; two of them, christened Lewis like himself after their Balfour grandfather, had been nicknamed after their birthplaces ‘Delhi’ and ‘Cramond’ to avoid … Continue reading

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You know what a lazy rascal I am

Alison Cunningham, daughter of a weaver of Torryburn, Fife, became RLS’s ‘good nurse’ when he was 18 months old. He was highly influenced by her in his childhood and remained devoted to her, all his life. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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