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No man can settle another’s life for him… each in turn must meet and beard the Sphynx

RLS left Davos on April 20th, 1882, with his wife and stepson. After some weeks in London, where RLS’s parents joyned them, (Fanny was unwell and RLS needed some rest), they were back to Edinburgh on May 20th. The following … Continue reading

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O, when shall I find the story of my dreams?

Ch.E. C.B. Appleton was the editor of the literary journal Academy,1869-79. The Portfolio paper about Scotland and England: project never carried out; thoughts on the subject ultimately appeared in ‘The Foreigner at home’, CornhillMagazine, 1882. [As usual, dots between square … Continue reading

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And that from a man cleaning a byre!

The expression ‘’prentice hand’, at the end of the letter, is a quote from the song ‘Green Grow the Rashes’, by Robert Burns, 1783. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical … Continue reading

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He has written the most delightful letters in the world

Under Fanny Sitwell’s influence RLS begins to believe hopefully and manfully in his own powers and future. It has been agreed that while still reading for the bar, as his parents desire, he shall try to get ready for publication … Continue reading

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I am, I think, as honest as they can be in what I hold

In the winter of 1872-73 Stevenson is out of health; and there begins a religious quarrel with his father. Perhaps Thomas Stevenson, a true Scottish Calvinist, discovered the constitution of the L.J.R. (Liberty, Justice, Reverence) League, a club founded by … Continue reading

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Don’t you wish you were a fool?

Back in Edinburgh, at  his family home, 17 Heriot Row, RLS writes to his Law school companion, Charles Baxter. Quotes: ‘Most noble Festus’: probably Acts 26, 25. ‘A mouse that hath its lodging in a cat’s ear’: J. Webster, The … Continue reading

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