[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 we sail from San Francisco
in the schooner yacht Casco,
for a seven months’ cruise in the South Seas.
You can conceive what a state of excitement we are in; Lloyd perhaps first;
but this is an old dream of mine which actually seems to be coming true, and I am sun-struck. It seems indeed too good to be true; and that we have not deserved so much good fortune. From Skerryvore
to the Galapagos is a far cry!
And from poking in a sick-room all winter
to the deck of one’s own ship, is indeed a heavenly change.
All these seven months I doubt if we can expect more than three mails at the best of it: and I do hope we may hear something of your news by each. I have no very clear views as to where the three addresses ought to be, but if you hear no later news, Charles Scribner’s Sons will always have the run of our intended movements.
And an early letter there would probably catch us at the Sandwich Islands.
Tahiti will probably be the second point:
and (as I roughly guess) Quito the third.
But the whole future is invested with heavenly clouds.
I trust you are all well and content, and have good news of the Shelleys, to whom l wish you would pass on ours.
They should be able to sympathise with our delight.
Now I have all my miserable Scribner articles to rake together in the inside of a fortnight: so you must not expect me to be more copious.
I have you all in the kindest memory, and am, your affectionate friend,