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A fantastic sonata about the sea and wrecks

RLS was still getting testimonials from his acquaintances in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see … Continue reading

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The audible haunting of an incarnate anger about the house

‘John Knox’ and ‘J.K.’ herein mentioned are the two papers on John Knox and his Relations with Women, first printed in Manmillan’s Magazine and afterwards in Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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All for nothing, except experience and dirty clothes!

In RLS’s biographical essay on his father, he’ll tell how in the end, at Wick, ‘the sea proved too strong for men’s arts, and after expedients hitherto unthought of, and on a scale hyper-Cyclopean, the work must be deserted, and … Continue reading

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Pulling, hauling, and tugging for dear life

The MacDonald father and son are engineers attached to the Stevenson firm and in charge of the harbour works at Wick. Willie Traquair is one of RLS’s 50 cousins and playmate at Colinton Manse, the residence of RLS’s maternal grandfather. … Continue reading

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