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I’ll be proud to meet in wi’ him, when my time’s come and I cannae dae nae better… Cannae he no be made to understand that it’s beneath him?

Thomson and Johnson were joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university of Edinburgh. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of … Continue reading

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And now – I find I have only got a pair of walking-shoes and not yet begun to travel

The paper referred to at the beginning of the second paragraph is one on RLS in the Century Magazine, the first seriously critical notice, says Low, which appeared of him in the States. Henry Holt advertised New Arabian Nights as … 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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This is not a gay way to pass Christmas, is it?

Fanny Vandegrift obtained her divorce from Samuel Osbourne in Oakland, Ca., on 12 December 1879. The Emigrant is of course The Amateur Emigrant, the account of RLS’s journey to California, then still in draft. The “novel” should be A Vendetta … 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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