Monthly Archives: March 2019

“This, dear James, is a valedictory”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2098.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 70-7] Manasquan (ahem!), New Jersey [28 May 1888] … Continue reading

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“Your father has brought you this day to see me”

The following is addressed to the son of the Irish-American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who was at that time 8 years old. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2097.] To Homer Saint-Gaudens [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. … Continue reading

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“I am, my dear fellow, the most purely unhappy card on ground”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2094.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 228-9, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Manasquan, N.J., 26 May 1888] My dear Charles, I shall just have to ask you to … Continue reading

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“I would give a leg that this were blotted out, and I could sit down with him as of yore”

[For correct and critical edition of these letters, see Mehew 6, 2090-2093.] W.E. Henley to RLS, with a note by RLS [Enclosed in letter 2093 to Baxter, see below] [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 216-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Merton Place, Chiswick W., … Continue reading

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“From poking in a sick-room all winter to the deck of one’s own ship, is indeed a heavenly change”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2084.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, p. 238] [Manasquan, c. 15 May 1888] My dear Lady Taylor, I have to announce our great news. On June 15th … Continue reading

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“I have found a yacht and we are going the full pitch for seven months”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2082.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 220-1, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Union House, Manasquan, N.J., but address to Scribner’s [11 May 1888] My dear Charles, I have found a … Continue reading

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“So swiftly do great minds jump!”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2080.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 218, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Manasquan, New Jersey, 9 May 1888] My dear Charles, This word to acknowledge … Continue reading

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“Remember it when your bairns grow up: youth is but a scuffle”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2077.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 216, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Union House, Manasquan, N.J., 7 May 1888] My dear Charles, I return herewith the bill and codicil. And … Continue reading

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“A cat-boat at our disposal, the sea always audible on the outer beach, the lagoon as smooth as glass”

Having spent the last fortnight of April 1888 at New York, RLS and his stepson Lloyd moved at the beginning of May to Manasquan, a small New Jersey watering-place; his wife having meanwhile gone to San Francisco, where she presently … Continue reading

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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … Continue reading

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