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To me, the medicine bottles on my chimney and the blood on my handkerchief are accidents; they do not colour my view of life… they do not exist in my prospect

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1484.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 299-302] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [30 October 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, You will see that I had already had a sight of your … Continue reading

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My dear Henry James… the unpolished diamond is but a stone

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1346.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 254-256] Bonallie Towers, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, December 8, 1884 My dear Henry James, This is a very brave hearing from more … Continue reading

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What is bred in the bone will come out, sir, in the flesh

The next letter is written in the styles and characters of the two Edinburgh ex-elders, Johnstone (or Johnson) and Thomson alternately, the joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university. [As usual, dots … Continue reading

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In the article of – well, of heads or tails

Early in May 1884 RLS again fell very dangerously ill with hemorrhage of the lungs, and lay for several weeks between life and death. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1276.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin … Continue reading

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Forbidden … even to play Patience, that last of civilised amusements

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman. He won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. The Edinburgh Courant reported RLS’s illness and … Continue reading

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Today, the south wind blows; and I am seedy in consequence

John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, better remembered today for his tormented homosexuality, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, with his wife. He wrote to a friend of his … Continue reading

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I do not think many wives are better loved than mine will be

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 682.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 132-135] 608 Bush Street, San Francisco, California, Jan. 23, … Continue reading

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