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“Ay, ay, it is sad to sell 17; sad and fine were the old days”

RLS took steamer again, this time for Sydney, where he had ordered his letters to await him. This was written during the passage. The set of verses were posthumously published in Songs of Travel, XXXV (1896), under the title “To … Continue reading

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“I do not so far deceive myself as to think I should change my character by changing my epoch”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1693.] To Theodor Watts-Dunton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 347-348] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early September 1886] Dear Mr. Watts, The sight of the last Athenaeum reminds me of you, and of … Continue reading

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“The works of Ludwig van Beethoven arranged and wiederdurchgearbeiteted for two melodious forefingers”

During the Summer 1886, RLS was very much taken up with trying to learn something of the theory and practice of music, and spent much of his time ‘pickling,’ as he called it, in an elementary manner on the piano. … Continue reading

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“Herewith goes my new book, … I hope you will like it: I do”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1654.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1912, p. 216] [Bournemouth, 16 July, 1886] My dear Cummy, Herewith goes my new book, in which you will find some places that you … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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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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That is where I am; next day he is to be put ashore in Appin, and be present at Colin Campbell’s death

The novel Kidnapped, telling the adventures of  David Balfour, had at this time just been taken up again, and the writer explained the course of the story to his father, who had taken the deepest interest in it since they visited … Continue reading

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