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It is time I sufficed for myself indeed. And I believe I can

The names listed at the beginning of this letter are used by RLS to mask his friends, as they were sketched in his essay ‘Talk and Talkers’, just then drafted (publ. 1887). [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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Follow, follow, follow me

In 1869 RLS has been elected to the Speculative Society (the ‘Spec.’) on the strength of his conversational powers, and he contributes several essays to its meetings. In 1872 he is elected one of the five Presidents, and Baxter is … Continue reading

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In such weather one has the bird’s need to whistle

In 1871, RLS begins his Law classes at Edinburgh University. He gathers round him a group of lifelong friends, all fellow-members of the Speculative Society at the University, a famous literary and debating society, founded in 1764. After a winter … Continue reading

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