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“As to whether the long-eared British public may take to it, all think it more than doubt”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1612.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 333] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, May 1886] My dear Father, The David problem has today been decided.   I am to leave the … Continue reading

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“Happiness is a question of morality – or of immorality, there is no difference – and conviction”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1571.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 322-325] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early March 1886] My … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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Yours, from Charon’s strand

James Walter Ferrier (1850-1883) was one of RLS’s friends from his days at Edinburgh University; he died of alcoholism as a young man. Somerset is possibly a reference to RLS’s cousin, Bob, who figured as the original of some characters … Continue reading

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Here I am living like a fighting-cock

RLS, hard at work upon Providence and the Guitar, New Arabian Nights, and Travels with a Donkey, was occupying for a few days Sidney Colvin’s rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, in his friend’s absence. The college buildings and gardens, the … Continue reading

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The darkness made me a little fanciful

On a railway journey thorough Wales with his parents. Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. RLS’s essay on John Knox will be published in Macmillan’s Magazine, Sept. 1875. ‘The horrid story’ is the ‘horrible story of … Continue reading

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