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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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Forbidden … even to play Patience, that last of civilised amusements

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman. He won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. The Edinburgh Courant reported RLS’s illness and … 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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… 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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There is a wonderful callousness in human nature which enables us to live

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 655.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 288-290] Monterey, 8th October 1879. My dear Weg,I … Continue reading

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I think I have travelled with donkeys all my life

This correspondent, the long-lived spinster among Margaret Balfour Stevenson’s sisters (died 1907, aged 91) and well-beloved ‘Auntie’ of a numerousclan of nephews and nieces, is the subject of the set of verses, Auntie’s Skirts, in the Child’s Garden of Verses. … Continue reading

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Nothing to do but to study oratory and etiquette, sit in the sun, and pick up the fruits as they fall

RLS visited London 17-21 June 1875. Burns means the article on Bums which RLS had been commissioned to write for the Encyclopædia Britannica. The ‘awfully nice man’ was the Hon. William Seed (1827-1890), formerly Secretary to the Customs and Marine … Continue reading

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