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Yours is the cruel part to survive; you must try and not grudge to him his better fortune, to go first

Professor Fleeming Jenkin, who in RLS’s early student days at Edinburgh had been both the warmest and the wisest of his elder friends, died unespectedly on 12 June 1885 after a minor operation. Austin was Mr. and Mrs. Jenkin’s eldest … Continue reading

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Dear Sir, I do not know if you ever observed me

Wishing to help a friend who wanted to contribute to Chambers’ Journal. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1440.] To Robert Chambers [Simpson, R.L. Stevenson’s Edinburgh Days, 1898, pp. 277-278] [Skerryvore, ? June … Continue reading

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The bold unfearing chap / Aims at a professorial cap

Another letter referring to the candidature of RLS for the Edinburgh History Chair. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 814.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin … Continue reading

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But death is no bad friend

The following is in acknowledgment of Edmund Gosse’s volume called New Poems. The ‘Plymouth Brother’ refers to an anecdote told in Travels With a Donkey, Chapter ‘In the Valley of the Tarn’. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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I envy you your wife, your home, your child – I was going to say your cat

The ‘humorous friend’ was Charles Baxter: RLS stayed the weekend with the Baxters at Lochcote House near Bathgate, now demolished. Edmund William Gosse used to sign with two initials, E.W.G. The nickname Weg was fastened on him by RLS, partly … Continue reading

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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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Grrrrr! I’ll never be a poet any more

This is in reply to some technical criticisms of his friend W.E. Henley on the poem Our Lady of the Snows, referring to the Trappist monastery in the Cévennes so called, and afterwards published in Underwoods (1887). James Walter Ferrier … Continue reading

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