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“Without suspense, there can be little pleasure in this world”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1945.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 37-39] [Saranac Lake, c. 20 November 1887] My dear Henry James, It may please you to know how our … Continue reading

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It is path-breaking and epoch-making; but I do not think the public will be readily convoked to its perusal

[A usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1357.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 260-261] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Late December 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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As for my wife, that was the best investment ever made by man

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1181.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 181-182] La Solitude, Hyères [November 1883] My dear … Continue reading

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A great variety of small ships launched or still upon the stocks

Of the ‘small ships’ here mentioned, A Misadventure in France was probably a draft of the Epilogue to an Inland Voyage, not published till five years later in Scribner’s for Aug 1888, while The Travelling Companion (of which Colvin remembered … Continue reading

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Not Kamschatka this trip, only the top of the Alps

RLS, Fanny and her son Lloyd left Edinburgh for London on 7 October 1880: here Dr. Andrew Clark confirmed the advice already given by Dr. George Balfour that he should spend the winter in the High Alps. They travelled by … Continue reading

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I won the toss, sir, and Hades went off once more discomfited

A poetical counterpart to this letter will be found in the piece beginning ‘Not yet, my soul, these friendly fields desert,’ which was composed at the same time and later printed in Underwoods, 1887. The quoting of St Paul is … Continue reading

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I always feel as if I must write a work of genius some time or other

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 698.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 335-336] P.O. S.F. Cal. [East Oakland, mid-April 1880.] … Continue reading

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