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“You always complain there are no facts in my letters”

A succession of RLS’s friends had visited and spent part of the day or the evening with him at his hotel in London, on Sunday, August 20th 1887, each bringing some farewell gift or another. On the morning of the … Continue reading

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It blows an equinoctial gale. Nimbus Britannicus; piping wind, lashing rain

RLS was compelled to abandon the hope of making his permanent home at Hyères, partly by the renewed failure there of his own health, partly by a bad outbreak of cholera which occurred in the old Provençal town about the … Continue reading

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I spy a little bright cafe in one corner of the port, in front of which I now propose we should sit down

There is no certain clue to the date of the following; neither has it been possible to make sure what was the enclosure mentioned. The special illness referred to seems to be that of the beginning of May 1884. [Dots … Continue reading

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A great variety of small ships launched or still upon the stocks

Of the ‘small ships’ here mentioned, A Misadventure in France was probably a draft of the Epilogue to an Inland Voyage, not published till five years later in Scribner’s for Aug 1888, while The Travelling Companion (of which Colvin remembered … Continue reading

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S’agit de la désenterrer. ‘Help!’ cries a buried masterpiece

The character of the Countess, in Prince Otto, was inspired by the Russian princess met in Mentone in 1874: “The Countess von Rosen, I have; I’ll never tell you who she is; it’s a secret; but I have known the … Continue reading

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And yet the ships were beautiful to see, as they are always

The French verse is from a poem by the French poet and writer Théodore de Banville (see previous post). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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It is like a wind blowing to one out of fairyland

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 187, dated Dec. 7]. To Mrs. Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 41-43] [Menton, December, 1873], Sunday. The first … Continue reading

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