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“If Mr Shaw is thirty, he had best be told that he is a romantic, and pursue romance with his eyes open”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1575.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 48-50] [Skerryvore, c. 9 March 1886] My dear Archer, What am I to say? I have read your friend’s book with … Continue reading

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We were all in a buck basket about halfway between the swing and the gate

RLS’s cousin, Henrietta Traquair (1850-1902), had been reading Penny Whistles (‘family’ edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”) and recognised herself and her brother Willie in the poem ‘A Pirate Story’. Henrietta lived in Colinton Road, Edinburgh, and had married … Continue reading

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S’agit de la désenterrer. ‘Help!’ cries a buried masterpiece

The character of the Countess, in Prince Otto, was inspired by the Russian princess met in Mentone in 1874: “The Countess von Rosen, I have; I’ll never tell you who she is; it’s a secret; but I have known the … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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I take my walks abroad, witching the world

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 838.] To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 56-57] The Cottage, Castleton of Braemar [Mid-August 1881]. … Continue reading

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Tales for winter nights

RLS had asked his friends to write a testimonial in support of his candidature 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 … Continue reading

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Here I am in my native land

RLS and Fanny travelled from Paris to London soon after 18 May, 1881, visiting Fanny’s son, Lloyd, who was studying at York. Then they returned to Scotland, moving (on 6 June) to Pitlochry, Perthshire, and staying at first at Fisher’s … Continue reading

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