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Sursum corda; faint heart never writ romance

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1178.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 182-183] La Solitude, Hyères [? 15 November 1883] My dear excellent, … 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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It was a logomachy of my making

The Stevensons arrived at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on August 2nd, 1881. Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, was known for some time under his pseudonym H.A. Page, and later as a biographer of De Quincey. In 1877 he … 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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Up will rise on the other side, sane, pleasurable, human knowledge: a thing of beauty and a joy

  ‘Bummkopf’ was RLS’s name for the typical pedant (German or other). ‘A wicked and adulterous generation’ quotes Matthew 16:4. Burns is the Cornhill essay, not the rejected Encyclopædia Britannica  article. The story mentioned at the end of this letter … Continue reading

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Merged and mixed up in a quadruple existence

RLS’s cousin and friend, Bob (Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, 1847-1900), painter and art critic, is recovering at Swanston, staying there with his sisters Katharine and Dora (the ‘two cousins from Portobello’) and another cousin of RLS’s (on mother’s side), Maggie. … Continue reading

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