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A land of the windmill, and the west wind, and the flowering hawthorn with a little scented letter in the hollow of its trunk

Written in acknowledgment of the gift of a desk, used for writing in bed. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1396.] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Postmark 26 February 1885] To Austin Dobson [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. … Continue reading

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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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I always feel as if I must write a work of genius some time or other

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 698.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 335-336] P.O. S.F. Cal. [East Oakland, mid-April 1880.] … Continue reading

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It is a strange affair to be an emigrant, as I hope you shall see in a future work

RLS reached the Pacific Transfer Station near Counsil Bluffs on the eastern bank of the Missouri on Thursday night, 21 August 1879. Here he joined a Union Pacific ‘emigrant train’: left on Friday evening, 22 August, and crossed the Missouri … Continue reading

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The darkness made me a little fanciful

On a railway journey thorough Wales with his parents. Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. RLS’s essay on John Knox will be published in Macmillan’s Magazine, Sept. 1875. ‘The horrid story’ is the ‘horrible story of … Continue reading

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The keenest artistic pleasure I know

A strain of anxiety has given a shake to Stevenson’s own health, and it is agreed that he shall go for a yachting tour in the Inner Hebrides with Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson (1843–1898), 2nd baronet of Strathavon and the … 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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