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“A dam tale to order, which will be what it will be”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1729.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 356-357] Skerryvore, Dec. 14, 1886 My dear Colvin, This is … Continue reading

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“Ce n’est pas moi qui tiens la plume – c’est l’autre, le bête”

Written after a visit to Colvin in London, in October 1886, which had been cut short by fogs. Auguste Rodin had sent to RLS a plaster cast of ‘Eternel printemps’, to thank him for his letter defending him against the … Continue reading

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“When I was dangerously ill at Hyères …”

To Locker’s acknowledgment of his verses (see previous post, Letter 1692), RLS replied asking his correspondent’s interest on behalf of a friend who had been kind to him at Hyères, in procuring a nomination for her son to the Blue-Coat … Continue reading

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“I do not so far deceive myself as to think I should change my character by changing my epoch”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1693.] To Theodor Watts-Dunton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 347-348] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early September 1886] Dear Mr. Watts, The sight of the last Athenaeum reminds me of you, and of … Continue reading

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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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“It looks like a mixture of an aztec idol, a lion, an Indian Rajah, and a woman”

RLS’s parents had been thinking of trying a winter at Bournemouth for the sake of being near their son, a plan which was eventually carried out. His health was now fast and painfully breaking. [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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