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“Is it possible for a man in Samoa to be in touch with the great heart of the People?”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2233.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 193-9] S.S. Janet Nicoll off Peru Island, Kingsmills … Continue reading

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“Fame is nothing to a yacht; experto crede”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1892.] To Sir Walter Simpson [Colvin 1912, pp. 231-233] [Saranac Lake, Early October, 1887.l My dear Simpson, the address is c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, N.Y., … Continue reading

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I do not love to think of my countrymen these days: nor to remember myself. Why was I silent?

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1399.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 266-267] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, [c. 8 March 1885] My dear … Continue reading

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My dear Henry James… the unpolished diamond is but a stone

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1346.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 254-256] Bonallie Towers, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, December 8, 1884 My dear Henry James, This is a very brave hearing from more … 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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The whole necessary morality is kindness

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 766.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 24-26] [Davos], December 26, 1880. Christmas Sermon My … Continue reading

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And then, I’ll stick to stories. I am not frightened. I know my mind is changing

The first draft of the first part of the Amateur Emigrant, when it reached Colvin about Christmas 1879, had seemed to him, compared to RLS’s previous travel papers, “a somewhat wordy and spiritless record of squalid experiences, little likely to … Continue reading

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‘English, The: – a dull people, incapable of comprehending the Scottish tongue

Both Gosse’s article (The Poetic Phase in Modern English Art) and Meredith’s Story (The Tale of Chloe) were published in The New Quarterly Magazine for July 1879. RLS’s book just reviewed was Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This letter is contemporary with … Continue reading

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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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People must be themselves, I suppose

In 1875, Frances (Fanny) Van de Grift Osbourne (1840-1914), estranged from her American husband, had taken her children to France, where she and her daughter Belle would be pursuing their art studies. RLS met Fanny at Grez-sur-Loing in 1876, and  … Continue reading

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