[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1863.]
To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 380]
[Skerryvore, Bournemouth, August 6th, 1887]
My dear Low,
We ― my mother,
five souls ― leave, if all is well, Aug. 20th, per Wilson line S.S. Ludgate Hill.
Shall probably evade N.Y. at first, cutting straight to a watering-place: Newport, I believe, its name.
Afterwards we shall steal incognito into la bonne ville,
and see no one but you
and the Scribners, if it may be so managed.
You must understand I have been very seedy indeed, quite a dead body; and unless the voyage does miracles, I shall have to draw it dam fine. Alas, ‘The Canoe Speaks’ is now out of date; it will figure in my volume of verses now imminent.
However, I may find some inspiration some day. ― Till very soon, yours ever,