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“I do not so far deceive myself as to think I should change my character by changing my epoch”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1693.] To Theodor Watts-Dunton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 347-348] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early September 1886] Dear Mr. Watts, The sight of the last Athenaeum reminds me of you, and of … Continue reading

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“I am weary of England; like Alan, ‘I weary for the heather,’ if not for the deer”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1667.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 345] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] July 28, 1886 My dear … Continue reading

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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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We’ll no gie ower jist yet a bittie. We’ve seen waur; and dod, mem, it’s my belief that we’ll see better

Elizabeth Anne Ferrier (“Coggie”) was the sister of one of RLS’s oldest and most intimate friends of Edinburgh days, Walter, who had died of alcoholism the previous year. The “Perfessor and his wife, and the Prinshiple” (at the end of … Continue reading

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I have been to sea, but I never crossed the threshold of a court; and the courts shall be the way I want ’em

By this time Treasure Island was out in book form, and the following is in reply to some reflections on its seamanship which had been conveyed to RLS through Henley. James Runciman (1852-91) was a journalist and school teacher, sub-editor … Continue reading

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‘English, The: – a dull people, incapable of comprehending the Scottish tongue

Both Gosse’s article (The Poetic Phase in Modern English Art) and Meredith’s Story (The Tale of Chloe) were published in The New Quarterly Magazine for July 1879. RLS’s book just reviewed was Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This letter is contemporary with … Continue reading

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I have been all yesterday evening and this forenoon in Italy, four hundred years ago

Clarice Campobello Sinico (b. 1840), Italian soprano, sang Beethoven’s aria op. 65 ‘Ah perfido spergiuro!’ (text by Metastasio) at the Edinburgh Choral Union’s concert on 4 January 1875. The Portfolio article here mentioned is An Autumn Effect (publ. April 1875). … Continue reading

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