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“Will my doer collaborate thus much in my new novel?”

In Scotland the term “doer” is used for the law-agent or man of business of any person. RLS invited his friend and lawyer Charles Baxter (1848-1919) to allow himself (under the alias of Mr. Johnstone Thomson) and his office in … 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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… like two guests at the same dinner, one of whom takes clear and one white soup

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1176.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 155-156] [Hyères, November 1883] My dear Gosse, I … Continue reading

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It is time I sufficed for myself indeed. And I believe I can

The names listed at the beginning of this letter are used by RLS to mask his friends, as they were sketched in his essay ‘Talk and Talkers’, just then drafted (publ. 1887). [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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One folly I have not – I am not touchy under criticism

The references in the first paragraph are to the volume Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 940.] To … Continue reading

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It was a logomachy of my making

The Stevensons arrived at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on August 2nd, 1881. Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, was known for some time under his pseudonym H.A. Page, and later as a biographer of De Quincey. In 1877 he … 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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