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Love, poetry and music, and the Arabian Nights, inhabit just my corner of the world – nest there like mavises

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1139.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 183-184] La Solitude, Hyères [? 19 September 1883] … Continue reading

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I am afraid I am not so rigid on chastity

Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1841), English portrait painter, won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. As a young art student he had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman (see previous post). [As usual, for correct … Continue reading

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No man can settle another’s life for him… each in turn must meet and beard the Sphynx

RLS left Davos on April 20th, 1882, with his wife and stepson. After some weeks in London, where RLS’s parents joyned them, (Fanny was unwell and RLS needed some rest), they were back to Edinburgh on May 20th. The following … Continue reading

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A long-shore story

W.E. Henley had written praising ‘The Merry Men’ and made some criticisms about the story as drafted in MS. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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Flush-faced they played with old polysyllables

At Davos, the following experiment in Horatian alcaics was suggested by conversations with Horatio (!) F. Brown (historian specialised in the history of Venice) and J.A. Symonds (historian of the Italian Renaissance), on metrical forms, followed by the despatch of … Continue reading

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That tells on my old gipsy nature; like a violin hung up, I begin to lose what music there was in me

Colvin went out to Davos in January 1881, and found RLS apparently little improved in health, and depressed by a sad turn of destiny which had brought out his old friend Mrs. Sitwell to the same place, at the same … 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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Can I make some one happier this day before I lie down to sleep?

The Amateur Emigrant, an account of RLS’s journey to California, was then in draft. The novel A Vendetta in the West was eventually abandoned and apparently destroyed. The Pavilion on the Links had just then been accepted for the Cornhill … Continue reading

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I do not think many wives are better loved than mine will be

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 682.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 132-135] 608 Bush Street, San Francisco, California, Jan. 23, … Continue reading

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You must not expect to hear much from me for the next two weeks

This letter tells of the progress of the Portfolio papers called Picturesque Notes on Edinburgh; and of preparations for the walking tour narrated in Travels with a Donkey. Philip Gilbert Hamerton, editor of the Portfolio and author of many well-known … Continue reading

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