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The only person who will really understand it

In the course of January 1883, RLS and his wife came safely at Marseilles and Nice, Where the author’s health quickly mended. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1061.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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It still gives me a list to starboard (let us be ever nautical!)

Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, had paid his visit at Braemar as proposed, and listened delightedly to the first chapters of Treasure Island (then entitled The Sea Cook). He had proposed to offer the story for … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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It is the history of our kindnesses that alone makes this world tolerable

The copy of the Monterey paper here mentioned is probably the Monterey Californian of 11 November 1879, containing RLS’s article ‘San Carlos Day’ signed ‘The Monterey Barbarian’, and repulished in Scribner’s Magazine, August 1920. [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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I envy you your wife, your home, your child – I was going to say your cat

The ‘humorous friend’ was Charles Baxter: RLS stayed the weekend with the Baxters at Lochcote House near Bathgate, now demolished. Edmund William Gosse used to sign with two initials, E.W.G. The nickname Weg was fastened on him by RLS, partly … Continue reading

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This little book would never have been written

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 526.] To Alison Cunningham [Simpson 1898, p. 110] inscription in her copy of An Inland Voyage [Swanston, May 1878.] My dear Cummy, If you had not taken so much … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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