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My last night at Mentone

[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, 256]. To Mrs. Sitwell [Colvin 1912, p. 66-67] [Menton, April, 1874], Monday. My last night … Continue reading

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We have all been getting photographed

… and we haven’t found those photos… yet! Madame Zassetsky is the Russian princess wintering at Menton with her sister and kids, in a villa near RLS’s hotel. The first reference to RLS’s moustache. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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The moral of Berecchino

  For Stevenson’s description of ‘A Night in France’ with a piano playing ‘Dunbarton Drums’ (clearly being played by Mme. Zassetsky), see http://edrls.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/a-night-in-france/ [thanks to Richard Dury for his link!]. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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Madame proposes to hire a copyist

Mrs Andrews is the wife of James Bruyn Andrews, former American lawyer, now living in Menton because of ill-health, at Villa d’Adhémar. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of … Continue reading

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Last night we had a masquerade at the Villa Marina

[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, 239, dated Feb. 12]. To Mrs. Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 60-62] [Menton, February 6, 1874,] … Continue reading

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They have both husbands, and they are in Russia

William Murray, Sollicitor in the Supreme Court, is the father of RLS’s friend William Hugh Murray. With reference to the political allusions: this is the date of Mr. Gladstone’s dissolution, followed by his defeat at the polls notwithstanding his declared … Continue reading

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Her laugh does more good to one’s health than a month at the seaside

The following is in answer to a set of numbered questions from his mother. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 216]. To his … Continue reading

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