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Art is a virtue; and if I were the man I should be, my art would rise in the proportion of my life

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 170-172] La Solitude, Hyères [Postmark 27 October … 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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Art is a mill whose thirlage, in different ages, widens and contracts

The first part of the following refers to contributions of RLS to the Magazine of Art under Henley’s editorship. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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There are times when people’s lives stand still

This dates from just before the canoeing trip with his friend Walter Simpson, recounted in An Inland Voyage. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see … Continue reading

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I shall make an article of it some day soon

Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes which appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, in May 1876 (and then reprinted in Essays of Travel). The Winter’s Walk, one of the most charming of RLS’s essays, was … Continue reading

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A concert wants to be gone to WITH some one

Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the Cornhill Magazine. Charles Hallé and Wilma Neruda Norman concluded their concert on 4 December 1875 with Beethoven’s Sonata in D for piano and Violin op. 12 no. 1. The … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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I am at least a skilful accoucheur

Only nine of the second series of Henley’s Hospital Poems have been published. ‘Spring Sorrow’ eventually became ‘Pastoral’, in 1888. RLS was writing an entry for the Enciclopædia Britannica about Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780-1857), a French poet and chansonnier very … Continue reading

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‘Finish, finish, make an entire end, make us strong, shapely, viable creatures!’

RLS’s examination for the Bar at Edinburgh was approaching. His formal thesis in Latin, on a title of the Padects (‘Pro Dote’) is in the National Library of Scotland. Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the … Continue reading

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