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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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Your subject peeps every here and there out of the crannies like a shy violet

Edmund Gosse had mistaken the name of the Peeblesshire manse, and is reproached accordingly. ‘Gray’ is Gosse’s volume on that poet in Morley’s series of English Men of Letters. ‘Bobo’ is a French childish word for hurt, sore or bruise. … Continue reading

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Here is the scheme as well as I can foresee

RLS here sketches for his father the plan of the work on Highland history, The Transformation of Scottish Highlands, which they had discussed together in the preceding summer. He sent him long lists of books he needed. The project was … Continue reading

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Winter seen from the inside of a warm greatcoat

The ‘Buckinghamshire affair’ refers to RLS’s essay ‘An Autumn Effect’, published in the Portfolio, April and May 1875. Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839) was a French poet and mystic who won recognition after his death with the publication of his Journal … Continue reading

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And yet it burns cheerily

Written after an outpouring about difficulties at home. Portobello is the beach resort 3 miles east of Edinburgh. The ‘Spec’ is the Speculative Society, the literary and debating society founded in 1764 at Edinburgh University. The German quotes are taken … Continue reading

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