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I took up the wondrous tale and steered the ship through

RLS here narrates in his own fashion by what generalship he at last got rid of the house at Campagne Defli (Saint-Marcel, Marseille) without having to pay compensation as his wife expected. ‘If it had not been the agent, may … Continue reading

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The whole necessary morality is kindness

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 766.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 24-26] [Davos], December 26, 1880. Christmas Sermon My … Continue reading

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‘Finish, finish, make an entire end, make us strong, shapely, viable creatures!’

RLS’s examination for the Bar at Edinburgh was approaching. His formal thesis in Latin, on a title of the Padects (‘Pro Dote’) is in the National Library of Scotland. Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the … Continue reading

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“I think you’ll find the summer will be rather cōmplicated”

RLS and Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson were regular travel companions. They took canoe trips along the Firth of Forth, travelled to Germany in 1872, cruised the Inner Hebrides on the Heron in 1874, visited Barbizon in 1875, took a walking … Continue reading

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I must just be content to live as I have begun, an ignorant, chic-y penny-a-liner

Written in Paris on his way home to Edinburgh. Some of the talk with Sidney Colvin at Mentone run on the scheme of a spectacle play on the story of the burning of the temple of Diana at Ephesus by … Continue reading

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On the whole there are too many amusements going for much work

This is from his cousin Maude Babington’s house in Suffolk, visited during the summer of 1873. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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