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All races are better away from their own country

Jules Simoneau (1820-1908) was the keeper of the inn and restaurant where RLS had boarded at Monterey, California, in the autumn of 1879, while waiting for his future wife’s divorce to become final. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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Art is a virtue; and if I were the man I should be, my art would rise in the proportion of my life

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 170-172] La Solitude, Hyères [Postmark 27 October … Continue reading

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If you could see my roses, and my aloes, and my fig-marigolds, and my olives…

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1105.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 135-136] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var [May 20, 1883] … Continue reading

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You must like my wife, because she likes cats

RLS’s had asked his friend Gosse to write a testimonial 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 … Continue reading

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But death is no bad friend

The following is in acknowledgment of Edmund Gosse’s volume called New Poems. The ‘Plymouth Brother’ refers to an anecdote told in Travels With a Donkey, Chapter ‘In the Valley of the Tarn’. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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It is a strange affair to be an emigrant, as I hope you shall see in a future work

RLS reached the Pacific Transfer Station near Counsil Bluffs on the eastern bank of the Missouri on Thursday night, 21 August 1879. Here he joined a Union Pacific ‘emigrant train’: left on Friday evening, 22 August, and crossed the Missouri … Continue reading

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I was very glad to be back again in this dear place, and smell the wet forest in the morning

Having on the 14th of July 1875 passed with credit his examination for the Bar at Edinburgh, RLS thenceforth enjoyed whatever status and consideration attaches to the title of Advocate. But he made no serious attempt to practise, and by … Continue reading

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