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It is pleasant to be thus most at home abroad

P.G. Hamerton was an English painter, art critic, author and editor of The Portfolio periodical. The following refers to his candidature, which was not successful, for the Professorship of Fine Art at Edinburgh. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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I take one of my meals in a little French restaurant; for the other two, I sponge

RLS had come to Monterey to wait for his future wife’s divorce to become final. The Story of a Lie was published on the New Quarterly Review, in October 1879. Dr. J.P.E. Heintz lodged at the ‘French House’, a rough … Continue reading

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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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There is one masterpiece fewer in the world

The two following letters refer to the essay on the Spirit of Spring which Sidney Colvin was careless enough to lose in the process of a change of rooms at Cambridge. The Petits Poèmes en Prose were attempts, not altogether … Continue reading

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We are now at Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, Edinburgh

This and the following letters date after RLS’s return to Scotland, at Swanston Cottage. Swanston Cottage was built in 1761 by Edinburgh Council and raised to two stories in 1820. RLS’s parents leased it 1867 to 1880. RLS stays there … Continue reading

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A cousin of these ladies is come to stay with them – Prince Léon Galitzin

If only we could find one of those photographes taken at Menton in February-March 1874… The paper on Roads, RLS’s first paid publication, has been printed under the name L.S. Stoneven in Portfolio, Dec. 1873. Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitzin (1845-1915) … Continue reading

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It depends upon what you call blue

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 184]. To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1912, pp. 39-40] [Menton,] December 4 [1873]. My dear Baxter, … Continue reading

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