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Do not forget that even as ‘laborare’, so ‘joculari’, est orare; and to be happy the first step to being pious

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1204.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 192-193] La Solitude [c. 23 December, 1883] My … Continue reading

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You know what a lazy rascal I am

Alison Cunningham, daughter of a weaver of Torryburn, Fife, became RLS’s ‘good nurse’ when he was 18 months old. He was highly influenced by her in his childhood and remained devoted to her, all his life. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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“I think you’ll find the summer will be rather cōmplicated”

RLS and Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson were regular travel companions. They took canoe trips along the Firth of Forth, travelled to Germany in 1872, cruised the Inner Hebrides on the Heron in 1874, visited Barbizon in 1875, took a walking … Continue reading

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O for the good, fleshly stupidity of the woods, the body conscious of itself all over and the mind forgotten!

RLS returned home from his first visit at Barbizon on 23 April 1875. The rehearsals were those of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s in which Stevenson played the part of Orsino (the leading character of … Continue reading

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I wonder why my stories are always so nasty

On a railway journey through England and Wales with his parents, RLS arrives at Barmouth, and stays at the Cors y Gedol Arms Hotel. The Portfolio paper here mentioned is that entitled On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. The essay … Continue reading

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