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Keep the jelly for the last

The persons mentioned below in the third paragraph are cousins of the writer and playmates of his childhood; two of them, christened Lewis like himself after their Balfour grandfather, had been nicknamed after their birthplaces ‘Delhi’ and ‘Cramond’ to avoid … Continue reading

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A fantastic sonata about the sea and wrecks

RLS was still getting testimonials from his acquaintances in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see … Continue reading

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Here I am in my native land

RLS and Fanny travelled from Paris to London soon after 18 May, 1881, visiting Fanny’s son, Lloyd, who was studying at York. Then they returned to Scotland, moving (on 6 June) to Pitlochry, Perthshire, and staying at first at Fisher’s … Continue reading

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What fun we could have, if we were all well, what work we could do, what a happy place we could make it for each other!

RLS was reading up for his history book of the Highlands. The project was eventually abandoned, but he used his research when he came to write his novel Kidnapped (published in 1886). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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There is a wonderful callousness in human nature which enables us to live

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 655.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 288-290] Monterey, 8th October 1879. My dear Weg,I … Continue reading

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The world is such a dance!

RLS visited Philip Gilbert Hamerton, the founder and editor of the Portfolio, artist and author who at this time was living at Pré-Charmoy, Tavernay, near Autun, Burgundy. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 575.]  To … Continue reading

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If they liked that so much, I ought to have given them something better

RLS left for Paris on June 7, 1878, and stayed at a hotel, 304 rue Saint-Jacques, ‘coin de la rue Val-de-Grace’. The following refers to the newspaper criticisms on the Inland Voyage, just then published. [As usual, for correct and … Continue reading

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