Tag Archives: Virgil

“If only I knew any Latin!”

Written just before a visit to London. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1584.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 213-214] [Skerryvore, … Continue reading

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In such weather one has the bird’s need to whistle

In 1871, RLS begins his Law classes at Edinburgh University. He gathers round him a group of lifelong friends, all fellow-members of the Speculative Society at the University, a famous literary and debating society, founded in 1764. After a winter … Continue reading

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Are we to have no sleep at all for that drunken brute?

Still at Wick, looking after the harbour works, RLS writes to his mother. One of the books he gets is J. Aikman’s ‘Annals of the Persecution in Scotland from the Restoration to the Revolution’, 1842. He also refers to R. … Continue reading

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