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Our little lives are moments in the wake of the eternal silence: but how crowded while they last

In memory of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier, who died of alcoholism three weeks before, at the same age as RLS, 33. The reference to a Mrs. Leslie is … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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You were to me, then, only a part of an organised boredom

One more letter referring to the candidature of RLS for the Edinburgh History Chair: the chair was being left by Aeneas James George Mackay (1839-1911), Professor of History and Constitutional Law, who later became Advocate-Depute (Scottish law officer with the … Continue reading

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There is a wonderful callousness in human nature which enables us to live

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 655.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 288-290] Monterey, 8th October 1879. My dear Weg,I … Continue reading

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My boat culbutted me

The following incident is related in a well-known passage of RLS’s Inland Voyage (chapter ‘The Oise in flood’), his travelogue about a canoeing trip through France and Belgium in 1876, with his friend Sir Walter Simpson. That was also his … Continue reading

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