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“All this literary gossip I bestow upon you entre confrères, Miss Green”

Apparently in the guise of ‘Miss Green’, Miss Boodle had sent RLS (in the guise of Robin Lewison) an imaginary account of the discovery of the MS of an unknown novel in the garret of Sherryvore Cottage, Bournemouth. According to … Continue reading

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“His body’s under hatches, – his soul, if there is any hell to go to, gone to hell”

 [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 142-3] […] Honolulu, (about) 20th May ’89 … 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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“I’m direckit at space”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2158.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 138-9] Honolulu, [postmark 12] April 1889 My dear Charles, As … Continue reading

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“The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the name of yours”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2058.] To S.R. Crockett [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 60-62] [Saranac Lake, c. 10 April 1888] Dear Minister of the Free Kirk at Penicuik, For O, man, I cannae read … Continue reading

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“We fell out my wife and I” (the Tragic Woman and the Flimsy Man)

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1733.] To Henry James [Colvin 1912, pp. 223-224] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [c. 23 December 1886] All the salutations! My … Continue reading

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Whether on the first of January or the thirty-first of December, faith is a good word to end on

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1508.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 305-306] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] Jan. 1st, 1886 My dear Kinnicum,   I am a very bad dog, but not for … Continue reading

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It is path-breaking and epoch-making; but I do not think the public will be readily convoked to its perusal

[A usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1357.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 260-261] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Late December 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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And if that is not health, it is the nearest I am like to have

RLS and his wife were still busy on More New Arabian Nights (the romance of the Great North Road having been begun and postponed). The question here touched is, to what publishers should they be offered. [Dots between square brackets … 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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