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It seems to me even dangerous to send patients to the Riviera, without special hints

Horace Benge Dobell was an English doctor and medical writer, Physician at the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, London (1859-1875), and later consulting physician at the Mont Dore sanitorium for patients with chest diseases at Bournemouth. In his … Continue reading

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We do not seem to be so badly off for commanders

The allusions in the second paragraph are to the commanders in the Nile campaigns of those years. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1227.] … Continue reading

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Sursum corda; faint heart never writ romance

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1178.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 182-183] La Solitude, Hyères [? 15 November 1883] My dear excellent, … Continue reading

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We were all in a buck basket about halfway between the swing and the gate

RLS’s cousin, Henrietta Traquair (1850-1902), had been reading Penny Whistles (‘family’ edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”) and recognised herself and her brother Willie in the poem ‘A Pirate Story’. Henrietta lived in Colinton Road, Edinburgh, and had married … Continue reading

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If you could see my roses, and my aloes, and my fig-marigolds, and my olives…

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1105.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 135-136] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var [May 20, 1883] … 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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