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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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If it is your fate to fall sick at an inn…

During the last week in August 1885, RLS and his wife, stepson and cousin Katharine de Mattos set off to stay in a farmohouse on Dartmoor. The author was taken with a violent hemorrhage and they had to stop at … Continue reading

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Long life to our friendship, and that means, I do most firmly believe, to these clay continents on which we fly our colours!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and criticaledition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1330.] To W.E. Henley  [Colvin 1912, pp. 198-199] Bonaille Towers, Bournemouth, 14 November 1884. My dear boy, A thousand … Continue reading

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That tells on my old gipsy nature; like a violin hung up, I begin to lose what music there was in me

Colvin went out to Davos in January 1881, and found RLS apparently little improved in health, and depressed by a sad turn of destiny which had brought out his old friend Mrs. Sitwell to the same place, at the same … Continue reading

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To write a book like this were impossible

A close intimate of J.A. Symonds, and frequent visitor at Davos, was Horatio Robert Forbes Brown (1854-1926), historian of Venice. He took warmly, as did every one, to Stevenson. The following two notes are from a copy of Penn’s Fruits … Continue reading

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I won the toss, sir, and Hades went off once more discomfited

A poetical counterpart to this letter will be found in the piece beginning ‘Not yet, my soul, these friendly fields desert,’ which was composed at the same time and later printed in Underwoods, 1887. The quoting of St Paul is … Continue reading

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Yours, from Charon’s strand

James Walter Ferrier (1850-1883) was one of RLS’s friends from his days at Edinburgh University; he died of alcoholism as a young man. Somerset is possibly a reference to RLS’s cousin, Bob, who figured as the original of some characters … Continue reading

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