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Yours is the cruel part to survive; you must try and not grudge to him his better fortune, to go first

Professor Fleeming Jenkin, who in RLS’s early student days at Edinburgh had been both the warmest and the wisest of his elder friends, died unespectedly on 12 June 1885 after a minor operation. Austin was Mr. and Mrs. Jenkin’s eldest … Continue reading

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You will never be a Pirate!

This amiable and excellent public servant, art-critic, and versifier was a friend of old Savile Club days; the drift of his letter can easily be guessed from this reply. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … 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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I regret nothing, and do not even dislike these straits

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 683.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 320-321] 608 Bush Street, San Francisco, Jan. 26, ’80. My … 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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O for the good, fleshly stupidity of the woods, the body conscious of itself all over and the mind forgotten!

RLS returned home from his first visit at Barbizon on 23 April 1875. The rehearsals were those of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s in which Stevenson played the part of Orsino (the leading character of … Continue reading

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