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“It is my weakness to rush in with encumbering gratitude when I am pleased”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2225.] To Francis Marion Crawford [The Bookman 26, 1907, pp. 350-2; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Sydney [c. 8 April 1890] Dear Sir, I sail in some forty hours back among the islands, which are … Continue reading

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“Ay, ay, it is sad to sell 17; sad and fine were the old days”

RLS took steamer again, this time for Sydney, where he had ordered his letters to await him. This was written during the passage. The set of verses were posthumously published in Songs of Travel, XXXV (1896), under the title “To … Continue reading

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“The exile threatens to be eternal”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2121] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 237-8, at http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Tautira (The Garden of the World), otherwise called Hans-Christian-Andersen-ville [8 or 9 November 1888] My dear Charles, … Continue reading

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“It is in such a world, that I am very glad to fight out my battle, and see some fine sunsets”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2051.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 65-66] Address, c/o Messrs. Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, … Continue reading

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“All my spare time, is spent in trying to set words to music”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Balfour. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1971.] To Ida and Una Taylor [Balfour, The Life of RLS, 2, 1901, pp. 42-43, 211] [Saranac … Continue reading

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“… staccato, I think. Then you sail into the musette”

  [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1789.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 329-331]  [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 7 April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“Bar the dam bareness of the bass, it looks like a piece of real music from a distance”

RLS began studying the piano and composition in 1886. His arrangements and compositions include more than 120 pieces. The piece mentioned in this letter is RLS’s opus 2, ‘The Shoehorn’. We know from his essay Rosa Quo Locorum (1888) that … Continue reading

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