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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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To work two months, and rest the third

This correspondent was for many years head clerk and confidential assistant in the family firm at Edinburgh. The anecdote about Murdie’s uniform (first paragraph) could not be traced. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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I don’t want no such a parent… his gloom is gallows-worthy

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1205.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 193-194] [La Solitude, Hyères] Last Sunday of ’83 [30 December] … Continue reading

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I was an Archangel once

The expression ‘coign of vantage’ is from Macbeth I, VI, 7. The ‘ineffable aurore’ is from V. Hugo’s L’Année Terrible, 1872. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition … Continue reading

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