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“The dung-collecting trade of the republisher”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1744.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 362-363] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 24 January 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“If Mr Shaw is thirty, he had best be told that he is a romantic, and pursue romance with his eyes open”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1575.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 48-50] [Skerryvore, c. 9 March 1886] My dear Archer, What am I to say? I have read your friend’s book with … Continue reading

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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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What is bred in the bone will come out, sir, in the flesh

The next letter is written in the styles and characters of the two Edinburgh ex-elders, Johnstone (or Johnson) and Thomson alternately, the joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university. [As usual, dots … Continue reading

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I am not sure that my incapacity to work is wholly due to illness

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1322.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, p. 197] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, November 11, 1884. Dear boy, I have … Continue reading

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We do not seem to be so badly off for commanders

The allusions in the second paragraph are to the commanders in the Nile campaigns of those years. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1227.] … Continue reading

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Take things easy and be as happy as you can

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1201.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 191-192] La Solitude, December 20, 1883 My dear Father, I … Continue reading

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