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“There is but one truth, outside science, the truth that comes of an earnest, smiling survey of mankind”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1751.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 225-227] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Early February 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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The offer is a fair one: I have not sold myself to the devil, for I could never find him

This friend of old Savile Club days was an assistant secretary to the finance department, art-critic, and versifier. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, … Continue reading

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We were all in a buck basket about halfway between the swing and the gate

RLS’s cousin, Henrietta Traquair (1850-1902), had been reading Penny Whistles (‘family’ edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”) and recognised herself and her brother Willie in the poem ‘A Pirate Story’. Henrietta lived in Colinton Road, Edinburgh, and had married … Continue reading

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The truth is I have no appearance; a certain air of disreputability is the one constant character that my face presents: the rest change like water

During the height of the Provençal summer, 1883, RLS went with his wife to the Baths of Royat in Auvergne (travelling necessarily by way of Clermont-Ferrand, Hôtel de la Poste). His parents joined them at Royat for part of their … Continue reading

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The devil always has an imp or two in every house, and my imps are getting lively

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1107.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 136-137] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, France, May 21, 1883 My … Continue reading

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If you could see my roses, and my aloes, and my fig-marigolds, and my olives…

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1105.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 135-136] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var [May 20, 1883] … Continue reading

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Perhaps the more we are away, the stronger we feel that bond

The following is in reply to a letter RLS had received on some questions connected with his proposed Life of Hazlitt from the Scottish critic and bibliographer, Alexander Ireland (1810–1894). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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