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“The night was as warm as milk…”

RLS sailed from Hiva-oa in the Marquesas Islands on a dangerous voyage through many coral atolls bound for Fakarava in the Paumotu (or Tuamotu) Archipelago, also known as the Dangerous Archipelago. See RLS’s diary in ‘In the South Seas’, Pt. … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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Whether on the first of January or the thirty-first of December, faith is a good word to end on

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1508.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 305-306] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] Jan. 1st, 1886 My dear Kinnicum,   I am a very bad dog, but not for … Continue reading

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I fear my affections are not strong to my past works

The play of Deacon Brodie, the joint work of RLS and W.E. Henley, was to be performed in London early in July 1884. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical … Continue reading

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It looks like a kind of lamplit vicious fairyland behind me

Thomson and Johnson were joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university of Edinburgh. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, … 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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Tales for winter nights

RLS had asked his friends to write a testimonial in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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A piece of work that both sits upon me like a stone and attracts me like a piece of travel

Charles John Guthrie, old friend and fellow-member of the Speculative Society, had passed Advocate six years before, as RLS himself. After RLS’s death, he became Lord Guthrie, a Senator of the Scottish Courts of Justice, and got Swanston Cottage, sacred … Continue reading

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I do not think many wives are better loved than mine will be

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 682.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 132-135] 608 Bush Street, San Francisco, California, Jan. 23, … 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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