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Pitting my own humour to this old verse … we’ll walk the woods no more

At this time Stevenson was much occupied, as were several young writers his contemporaries, with imitating the artificial forms of early French verse. Some of his attempts have been preserved, like the two contained in this letter. The second is … Continue reading

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The Essays must fall from me, Essay by Essay, as they ripen

Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. The expression ‘my little girls’ refers to RLS’s essay, Notes on the Movements of Young Children, thought at Mentone. Dr. Appleton is the amiable and indefatigable editor of the Academy. … Continue reading

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My last night at Mentone

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 256]. To Mrs. Sitwell [Colvin 1912, p. 66-67] [Menton, April, 1874], Monday. My last night … Continue reading

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A cousin of these ladies is come to stay with them – Prince Léon Galitzin

If only we could find one of those photographes taken at Menton in February-March 1874… The paper on Roads, RLS’s first paid publication, has been printed under the name L.S. Stoneven in Portfolio, Dec. 1873. Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitzin (1845-1915) … Continue reading

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What keeps me here is just precisely the said society

Madame Garschine is one of the two Russian princesses and sisters, wintering at Villa Marina, Menton, close to RLS’s hotel. Andrew Lang(1844-1912), scholar, folklorist, and man of letters, is wintering at Menton, too. The paper on Roads, RLS’s first paid … Continue reading

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My own autumnal humour

Sidney Colvin publishes only brief excerpts from a very long (and romantic) journal-letter written by RLS to his friend Fanny Sitwell, one of the letters containing a full and intimate record of his daily moods and doings, which he is … Continue reading

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And that from a man cleaning a byre!

The expression ‘’prentice hand’, at the end of the letter, is a quote from the song ‘Green Grow the Rashes’, by Robert Burns, 1783. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical … Continue reading

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