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‘Dere’s de author’

The essay on Benjamin Franklin was never written. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 678.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. … Continue reading

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The look of his face was a wine to me

RLS was playing the role of Orsino in the rehearsals of The Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s. William Ernest Henley, RLS’s new acquaintance, suffered from a tubercolous disease: he had a wooden leg and had been … 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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They have both husbands, and they are in Russia

William Murray, Sollicitor in the Supreme Court, is the father of RLS’s friend William Hugh Murray. With reference to the political allusions: this is the date of Mr. Gladstone’s dissolution, followed by his defeat at the polls notwithstanding his declared … Continue reading

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The two Russian ladies are from Georgia…

Professor H.Ch.F. Jenkin, the electrical engineer, and his wife, an actress, are known in the Edimburgh social scene for their theatrical productions. In the Jenkin theatricals of May 1873, RLS has played ‘Vatel, a cook’ in My Son-in-Law, translated from … Continue reading

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I am concerned about the plane leaves

The heroine of George Sand, Consuelo (1868), is under an obligation to marry a man she does not love because he has been kind to her grandfather; eventually she is able to marry the young man she does love. The … Continue reading

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I felt as if something yearningly cried to me out of the darkness overhead

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 151]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, p. 88-90] [Edinburgh], Tuesday, October 14, 1873. My father has returned … Continue reading

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