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We believe in nothing: you don’t, and I don’t

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1398.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 267-269] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, 30 [sic!] February … Continue reading

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No, I am no equalitarian

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1374.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 264-265] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, [? 6] January 1885 Dear … Continue reading

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That tells on my old gipsy nature; like a violin hung up, I begin to lose what music there was in me

Colvin went out to Davos in January 1881, and found RLS apparently little improved in health, and depressed by a sad turn of destiny which had brought out his old friend Mrs. Sitwell to the same place, at the same … Continue reading

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The end of life? Yes… I can tell you what that is

You can read RLS’s Story of a Lie at http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/short-stories/73-qthe-story-of-a-lie-1879; andTravels with a donkey in the Cévennes at http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/travel-writing. The Burns is RLS’s essay Some Aspects of Robert Burns, published on Cornhill Magazine 40 (October 1879). You can read it … Continue reading

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I do not fear to go on, for I am doing right

RLS arrived in Oakland, California on Sunday 30 August 1879, crossed by the ferry to San Francisco and then travelled some south by rail to Monterey, where Fanny Osbourne, her children and her sister Nellie were staying. The ranch of … Continue reading

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Pitting my own humour to this old verse … we’ll walk the woods no more

At this time Stevenson was much occupied, as were several young writers his contemporaries, with imitating the artificial forms of early French verse. Some of his attempts have been preserved, like the two contained in this letter. The second is … Continue reading

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‘Finish, finish, make an entire end, make us strong, shapely, viable creatures!’

RLS’s examination for the Bar at Edinburgh was approaching. His formal thesis in Latin, on a title of the Padects (‘Pro Dote’) is in the National Library of Scotland. Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the … Continue reading

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