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“It is my weakness to rush in with encumbering gratitude when I am pleased”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2225.] To Francis Marion Crawford [The Bookman 26, 1907, pp. 350-2; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Sydney [c. 8 April 1890] Dear Sir, I sail in some forty hours back among the islands, which are … Continue reading

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“A man’s wife gets into his fiction, for better, for worse”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2159.] To David Christie Murray [Murray, Recollections, 1908, pp. 299-302] Honolulu [? April 1889] Dear Mr Christie Murray, Here is a strange place for me to date a letter … Continue reading

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“This experience awoke appetite”

Letter to the editor of Scribner’s Magazine. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2022.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 52-53] [Saranac Lake, … Continue reading

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“Without suspense, there can be little pleasure in this world”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1945.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 37-39] [Saranac Lake, c. 20 November 1887] My dear Henry James, It may please you to know how our … Continue reading

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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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To work two months, and rest the third

This correspondent was for many years head clerk and confidential assistant in the family firm at Edinburgh. The anecdote about Murdie’s uniform (first paragraph) could not be traced. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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Here I am in my native land

RLS and Fanny travelled from Paris to London soon after 18 May, 1881, visiting Fanny’s son, Lloyd, who was studying at York. Then they returned to Scotland, moving (on 6 June) to Pitlochry, Perthshire, and staying at first at Fisher’s … Continue reading

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