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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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It is a compliment I value much; I don’t know any that I should prefer

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1406.] To W.H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 272-273] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, March 13, 1885 My dear Low, … Continue reading

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We believe in nothing: you don’t, and I don’t

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1398.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 267-269] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, 30 [sic!] February … Continue reading

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What is bred in the bone will come out, sir, in the flesh

The next letter is written in the styles and characters of the two Edinburgh ex-elders, Johnstone (or Johnson) and Thomson alternately, the joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university. [As usual, dots … Continue reading

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It is the mark of the parochial gentleman who has never travelled to find all wrong in a foreign land

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1320.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 239-240] Bournemouth, [c. 10] November 1884 Dear Henley, … Continue reading

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The offer is a fair one: I have not sold myself to the devil, for I could never find him

This friend of old Savile Club days was an assistant secretary to the finance department, art-critic, and versifier. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, … Continue reading

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Love, poetry and music, and the Arabian Nights, inhabit just my corner of the world – nest there like mavises

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1139.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 183-184] La Solitude, Hyères [? 19 September 1883] … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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The weather has been hot and heartless and un-Davosy

This letter speaks of contributions to the Magazine of Art (in these years edited by RLS’s friend, W.E. Henley) from J.A. Symonds and from RLS himself, “Bunyan” meaning the essay on the cuts in Bagster’s edition of the Pilgrim’s Progress. … Continue reading

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It was a logomachy of my making

The Stevensons arrived at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on August 2nd, 1881. Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, was known for some time under his pseudonym H.A. Page, and later as a biographer of De Quincey. In 1877 he … Continue reading

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