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“All my spare time, is spent in trying to set words to music”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Balfour. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1971.] To Ida and Una Taylor [Balfour, The Life of RLS, 2, 1901, pp. 42-43, 211] [Saranac … Continue reading

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“I am strangely disquieted on all political matters”

In September 1887 Mrs Jenkin had sent Fanny Stevenson an opal ring, in gratitude for RLS’s writing of the ‘Memoir’ of her husband, died in 1885. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1958.] … Continue reading

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“How am I to vote?”

Written after his return from a visit to London, and after the decision of PM Gladstone to dissolve Parliament on the defeat of the Home Rule Bill (June 8, 1886). As to the tale entitled The Travelling Companion, it was thought … 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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We do not seem to be so badly off for commanders

The allusions in the second paragraph are to the commanders in the Nile campaigns of those years. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1227.] … Continue reading

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I had a quarrel with the American on politics

The Confederate privateer Alabama, built in England for the Confederate States Navy, caused disorder and devastation in the shipping of the North during the American Civil War, in years 1862-1864. The prolonged negotiations over the US Government’s claim for compensation … Continue reading

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