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I am tempted to call myself a valetudinarian

Enclosing some supplementary poems for A Child’s Garden of Verses. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1279.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 192-193] … Continue reading

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The only person who will really understand it

In the course of January 1883, RLS and his wife came safely at Marseilles and Nice, Where the author’s health quickly mended. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1061.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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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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Forbidden … even to play Patience, that last of civilised amusements

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman. He won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. The Edinburgh Courant reported RLS’s illness and … Continue reading

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Thirty-two years now finished!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1012.] To his Mother [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 110] Campagne Defli, St. Marcel, Banlieue de Marseille, November 13, … Continue reading

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Just got a servant !!!!!!

The expression “a muckle hash of a weedy” (Scots) stay for something like “a large agglomeration of a scrawny person”. In a postscript Fanny described her new servant as ‘a most competent large middle-aged servant’, and an expert cook. [As … Continue reading

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He has my free permission to borrow from me all that he can find worth borrowing

At Marseilles, while waiting to occupy the house which he had leased in the suburbs of that city, RLS learned that his old friend and kind adviser, James Payn, with whom he had been intimate as sub-editor of the Cornhill … Continue reading

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