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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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It seems to me even dangerous to send patients to the Riviera, without special hints

Horace Benge Dobell was an English doctor and medical writer, Physician at the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, London (1859-1875), and later consulting physician at the Mont Dore sanitorium for patients with chest diseases at Bournemouth. In his … Continue reading

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For ladies’ love I once was fit, / But now am rather out of it

RLS’s uncle, Dr. George Balfour, had recommended him to use a specially contrived and hideous respirator for the inhalation of pine-oil. The ‘pirate doctor’ in the poem is Henley’s doctor, Zebulon Mennell (b. 1820). [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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You doctors have a serious responsibility

Dr William Bamford (1820-1881) was an English physician, educated in Canada, who had worked in East Oakland since 1867. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, … Continue reading

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People must be themselves, I suppose

In 1875, Frances (Fanny) Van de Grift Osbourne (1840-1914), estranged from her American husband, had taken her children to France, where she and her daughter Belle would be pursuing their art studies. RLS met Fanny at Grez-sur-Loing in 1876, and  … Continue reading

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