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To have suffered… sets a keen edge on what remains of the agreeable. This is a great truth, and has to be learned in the fire

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1485.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 297-299] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 1 November 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, It is possible my father may be soon down with … Continue reading

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It was a logomachy of my making

The Stevensons arrived at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on August 2nd, 1881. Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, was known for some time under his pseudonym H.A. Page, and later as a biographer of De Quincey. In 1877 he … Continue reading

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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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A piece of work that both sits upon me like a stone and attracts me like a piece of travel

Charles John Guthrie, old friend and fellow-member of the Speculative Society, had passed Advocate six years before, as RLS himself. After RLS’s death, he became Lord Guthrie, a Senator of the Scottish Courts of Justice, and got Swanston Cottage, sacred … Continue reading

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You must not expect to hear much from me for the next two weeks

This letter tells of the progress of the Portfolio papers called Picturesque Notes on Edinburgh; and of preparations for the walking tour narrated in Travels with a Donkey. Philip Gilbert Hamerton, editor of the Portfolio and author of many well-known … Continue reading

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