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The devil always has an imp or two in every house, and my imps are getting lively

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1107.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 136-137] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, France, May 21, 1883 My … Continue reading

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And now – I find I have only got a pair of walking-shoes and not yet begun to travel

The paper referred to at the beginning of the second paragraph is one on RLS in the Century Magazine, the first seriously critical notice, says Low, which appeared of him in the States. Henry Holt advertised New Arabian Nights as … Continue reading

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The garden, which is above, is lovely, and will be cool in summer

From Marseilles, RLS and Fanny returned as far as Hyeres, a winter resort 11 miles east of Toulon and 3 miles inland from the sea. They stayed there through the greater part of February 1883, at the Hôtel des Îles … Continue reading

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I took up the wondrous tale and steered the ship through

RLS here narrates in his own fashion by what generalship he at last got rid of the house at Campagne Defli (Saint-Marcel, Marseille) without having to pay compensation as his wife expected. ‘If it had not been the agent, may … Continue reading

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You must not expect to hear much from me for the next two weeks

This letter tells of the progress of the Portfolio papers called Picturesque Notes on Edinburgh; and of preparations for the walking tour narrated in Travels with a Donkey. Philip Gilbert Hamerton, editor of the Portfolio and author of many well-known … Continue reading

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A darling, mouse-colour, … costing 65 francs and a glass of brandy

Getting ready for his journey through the Cévennes (22 September – 3 October, 1878), during which … he will write no letter! The engineer is an acquaintance made in Monastier: according to RLS’s notebook, his name was Charles Goguelat (1822-1879, … Continue reading

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It is a new form of excess for me; but I think it pays less than any of them

This letter tells of preparations for RLS’s walking tour in the Cevennes (South-Central France), narrated in Travels with a Donkey. He compared Le Monastier, a town of lace-makers, with Scotland, in terms of habits and accent. About the modern ‘Randonnée … Continue reading

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