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The siege of Saragossa, was it? or the Battle of Saratoga?

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1517.] To Charles J. Guthrie [Colvin 1912, p. 211] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 18th, 1886 My dear Guthrie, I hear the lad has got into the Spec. and I write … Continue reading

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A piece of work that both sits upon me like a stone and attracts me like a piece of travel

Charles John Guthrie, old friend and fellow-member of the Speculative Society, had passed Advocate six years before, as RLS himself. After RLS’s death, he became Lord Guthrie, a Senator of the Scottish Courts of Justice, and got Swanston Cottage, sacred … Continue reading

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And yet it burns cheerily

Written after an outpouring about difficulties at home. Portobello is the beach resort 3 miles east of Edinburgh. The ‘Spec’ is the Speculative Society, the literary and debating society founded in 1764 at Edinburgh University. The German quotes are taken … Continue reading

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Follow, follow, follow me

In 1869 RLS has been elected to the Speculative Society (the ‘Spec.’) on the strength of his conversational powers, and he contributes several essays to its meetings. In 1872 he is elected one of the five Presidents, and Baxter is … Continue reading

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In such weather one has the bird’s need to whistle

In 1871, RLS begins his Law classes at Edinburgh University. He gathers round him a group of lifelong friends, all fellow-members of the Speculative Society at the University, a famous literary and debating society, founded in 1764. After a winter … Continue reading

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