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“I would give a leg that this were blotted out, and I could sit down with him as of yore”

[For correct and critical edition of these letters, see Mehew 6, 2090-2093.] W.E. Henley to RLS, with a note by RLS [Enclosed in letter 2093 to Baxter, see below] [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 216-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Merton Place, Chiswick W., … Continue reading

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“That was how the tale came to me however… I joined the two ends in a day or two of constant feverish thought, and began to write”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2001.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 57-59] [Saranac Lake, Late January 1888] My dear delightful … Continue reading

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“I have fallen head over heels into a new tale, The Master of Ballantrae”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1974.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 41-43] [Saranac Lake, December 24, 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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“Home Rule, if you like”

The following sets forth the pros and cons which were balancing each other in RLS’s mind in regard to his scheme of going to make a stand in his own person against agrarian outrage in Ireland, under the Conservative Government … Continue reading

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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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