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It will be finished some day, bar the big accident

  To a correspondent not personally known to RLS, who had by some means heard of the Great North Road project. RLS’s novel was published posthumous and unfinished (8 chap.) in the Illustrated London News, Christmas Supplement 1895 . [For … Continue reading

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The optimistic Stevenson

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition … Continue reading

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We were all in a buck basket about halfway between the swing and the gate

RLS’s cousin, Henrietta Traquair (1850-1902), had been reading Penny Whistles (‘family’ edition of “A Child’s Garden of Verses”) and recognised herself and her brother Willie in the poem ‘A Pirate Story’. Henrietta lived in Colinton Road, Edinburgh, and had married … Continue reading

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The devil always has an imp or two in every house, and my imps are getting lively

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1107.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 136-137] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, France, May 21, 1883 My … Continue reading

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Perhaps the more we are away, the stronger we feel that bond

The following is in reply to a letter RLS had received on some questions connected with his proposed Life of Hazlitt from the Scottish critic and bibliographer, Alexander Ireland (1810–1894). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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What fun we could have, if we were all well, what work we could do, what a happy place we could make it for each other!

RLS was reading up for his history book of the Highlands. The project was eventually abandoned, but he used his research when he came to write his novel Kidnapped (published in 1886). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by … Continue reading

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It depends upon what you call blue

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 184]. To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1912, pp. 39-40] [Menton,] December 4 [1873]. My dear Baxter, … Continue reading

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