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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … Continue reading

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“‘Huckleberry Finn’ is a book I have read four times, and am quite ready to begin again tomorrow”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Bigelow Paine. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2064.] To Mark Twain [A.B. Paine, Mark Twain, 1912, II, p. 794, III, pp. 859-860] [Saranac Lake, c. … Continue reading

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“We can do no more than try to do our best”

In December 1887, RLS had sent a copy of his ‘Memories and Portraits’ to one of the most intimate friends of his father, Rev. Archibald Charteris, asking if he could recall something memorable of Thomas Stevenson, to be used in … Continue reading

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“I know too well how difficult it is to put even two sincere lines upon paper”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1986.] To Archibald Charteris [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 55-56] [Saranac Lake, ? December 1887] My dear Dr. Charteris, I have asked Douglas and Foulis to send you my last … Continue reading

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“The funeral… would have pleased him”

Within a fortnight after the date of the previous letter RLS went himself, and for the last time, to Scotland; not, indeed, to visit his old haunts among the Pentlands, but to be present, too late for recognition, at the … Continue reading

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Some day climb as high as Halkerside for me, and sprinkle some of the well water on the turf

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1795.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 368-370] Skerryvore, April 16th, 1887 My dearest Cummy, As usual, … Continue reading

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“Home Rule, if you like”

The following sets forth the pros and cons which were balancing each other in RLS’s mind in regard to his scheme of going to make a stand in his own person against agrarian outrage in Ireland, under the Conservative Government … Continue reading

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“… staccato, I think. Then you sail into the musette”

  [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1789.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 329-331]  [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 7 April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“A dam tale to order, which will be what it will be”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1729.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 356-357] Skerryvore, Dec. 14, 1886 My dear Colvin, This is … Continue reading

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“Aubrey de Vere the poet has been to see me: in a front view, he is simply my father”

A fragment published in a catalogue of RLS’s manuscripts being sold in New York in 1921 [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1690.] To his parents [Catalogue of Brick Row Bookshop, NY 1921, … Continue reading

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