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 dear Charles,[…] I have to drop from a 50 cent to a 25 cent dinner; today begins my fall. That brings down my outlay in food and drink to 45 cents, or 1s. 10½d. per day. How are the mighty fallen! Luckily, this is such a cheap place for food; I used to pay as much as that for my first breakfast in the Savile in the grand old palmy days of yore.

The members’ bar at the Savile Club, London [http://upload.wikimedia.org/]

Coffee House, San Francisco, 1882 [http://www.foundsf.org/images/f/fe/CoffeeHouse.jpg]

Post Office, San Francisco, 1850s [http://rickmingee.com/]

Horsecars line up at Ferry building in San Francisco, 1875 [http://www.foundsf.org/]

Early San Francisco Cable Car on Clay Street, 1878 [http://www.foundsf.org/]

I regret nothing, and do not even dislike these straits, though the flesh will rebel on occasion. It is today bitter cold, after weeks of lovely warm weather, and I am all in a chitter. I am about to issue for my little shilling and halfpenny meal, taken in the middle of the day, the poor man’s hour; and I shall eat and drink to your prosperity. – Ever yours,

R.L.S.

[…]

San Francisco, 1878 [http://www.foundsf.org/]

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