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“The Master is finished, and I am quite a wreck and do not care for literature”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Graham Balfour. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2171.] To his Mother [Balfour, II, pp. 64, 67] Honolulu [? 20 May 1889] […] I had been … Continue reading

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“Hasty reading is the fit precursor of hasty writing”

In his review in Nature Illustrated Journal of Science of 8 March 1888, P.G. T[ait] criticised RLS’s Memoir of Fleemin Jenkin saying that ‘the weird imagination of the writer has proved too much for him, and some of his “situations” … Continue reading

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“I do not so far deceive myself as to think I should change my character by changing my epoch”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1693.] To Theodor Watts-Dunton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 347-348] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early September 1886] Dear Mr. Watts, The sight of the last Athenaeum reminds me of you, and of … Continue reading

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“If only I knew any Latin!”

Written just before a visit to London. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1584.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 213-214] [Skerryvore, … Continue reading

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“The fun of the sonnet to me is to find a subject; the workmanship rebuts me”

After having included in his book ‘Sonnets of the Century’ two poems of RLS’s (The Touch of Life and The Arabesque), William Sharp received this reply (see previous post). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, … Continue reading

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I do not like mankind; but men, and not all of these

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1510.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 311-315] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 2nd, 1886 My dear … Continue reading

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I have another thing coming out

RLS accepted the dedication of Low’s illustrated edition of Keats’s Lamia, and sent him in return the newly published Jekyll and Hyde. For Keats’s Lamia illustrated by Low, see: https://archive.org/stream/lamia___00keat#page/n0/mode/2up [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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To me, the medicine bottles on my chimney and the blood on my handkerchief are accidents; they do not colour my view of life… they do not exist in my prospect

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1484.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 299-302] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [30 October 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, You will see that I had already had a sight of your … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … 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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