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The tales are all ghastly

At Kinniard Cottage, Pitlochry, Perthshire, RLS was for some weeks in good health and working order. His mother described the house in a letter as ‘a nice little Highland cottage with a pleasant talkative mother to cook for us and … Continue reading

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A little lake of tarnished green deepening into a blood-orange at the margins

In Edinburgh Sacramental fast-days were observed on the Thursday before the last Sunday of April and October; they were discontinued in 1887. The ‘Song of Deborah and Barak’ is from the Bible, Judges 5. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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Conscientiousness is a sort of moral opium

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 274, dated May 19 ff., and 298, dated Jul. 20].  To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, … Continue reading

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“When we go to the olivses it allways rememberse us you”

RLS’s Russian friend, Mme. Garshine, and her (adopted) daughter Pella, are leaving Menton to go to Franzensbad, Poland (now Czechoslovakia). RLS is writing, for the Fortnightly Review, about Lord Lytton’s newly published volume, Fables in Song. [Dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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We are now at Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, Edinburgh

This and the following letters date after RLS’s return to Scotland, at Swanston Cottage. Swanston Cottage was built in 1761 by Edinburgh Council and raised to two stories in 1820. RLS’s parents leased it 1867 to 1880. RLS stays there … Continue reading

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