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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … Continue reading

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“Lord, what a silly thing is popularity!”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1881.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 6-7] [Newport, 18 September 1887] My dear James, Here we are at Newport in the house of the good Fairchilds; and … Continue reading

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When I feel with what marvellous kindness the wind has been tempered to my frailties…

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1409.] To Philip Gilbert Hamerton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 274-276] Bournemouth, March 16, 1885 My dear Hamerton, Various things have been reminding me of my misconduct: First, … Continue reading

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Long life to our friendship, and that means, I do most firmly believe, to these clay continents on which we fly our colours!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1330.] To W.E. Henley  [Colvin 1912, pp. 198-199] Bonaille Towers, Bournemouth, 14 November 1884. My dear boy, A thousand … Continue reading

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Art is a virtue; and if I were the man I should be, my art would rise in the proportion of my life

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 170-172] La Solitude, Hyères [Postmark 27 October … Continue reading

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We are here not to make, but to tread predestined pathways; we are the foam of a wave

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1159.] To his father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 175-177] La Solitude, Hyères, 12th October 1883 My … Continue reading

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He has my free permission to borrow from me all that he can find worth borrowing

At Marseilles, while waiting to occupy the house which he had leased in the suburbs of that city, RLS learned that his old friend and kind adviser, James Payn, with whom he had been intimate as sub-editor of the Cornhill … Continue reading

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