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One folly I have not – I am not touchy under criticism

The references in the first paragraph are to the volume Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 940.] To … Continue reading

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… the women (God bless them!)…

RLS got one more testimonial for his candidature to the Edinburgh History Chair from his friend Philip Gilbert Hamerton, English artist, art critic and author. Hamerton had been an unsuccessful candidate for the Professorship of Fine Art at Edinburgh University. … Continue reading

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Here is the scheme as well as I can foresee

RLS here sketches for his father the plan of the work on Highland history, The Transformation of Scottish Highlands, which they had discussed together in the preceding summer. He sent him long lists of books he needed. The project was … Continue reading

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The mere extent of a man’s travels has in it something consolatory

RLS had made friends with the American writer Charles Warren Stoddard, in the manner and amid the scenes faithfully described in The Wrecker, in the chapter called ‘Faces on the City Front.’ Stoddard (1843-1909) had written on 9 November 1880 … Continue reading

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And I have been a Scotchman all my life, and denied my native land!

‘Away with your gardens of roses’: first line of Byron’s ‘Lachin y Gair’ (‘Lochnagar’) in praise of the Highlands. The volume of essays must be Virginihus Puerisque, published the following spring, 1881. The first poem enclosed by RLS will be … Continue reading

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I was near the other side of Jordan

By mid-March 1880 RLS had moved to East Oakland, CA, at first at the Tubbs Hotel, on (East) 12th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues. It was apparently there that he had a relapse and a first hemorrhage. Fanny moved … Continue reading

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You know I was a story-teller ingrain; did not that reassure you?

  The volume of studies was eventually called Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882), and the one of the essays Virginibus Puerisque (1881). The essays here mentioned on Benjamin Franklin and William Penn were projects long cherished but in … Continue reading

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