[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.
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,