Monthly Archives: April 2019

“We cam’ so near gaun heels ower hurdies”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2111.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 236-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] Taiti (as ever was) [? 9 October 1888] But then, my dear Charles, … Continue reading

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“Get out your big atlas”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2109.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 78-80] Fakarava, Low Archipelago, September 21st, 1888 My dear Colvin, Only … Continue reading

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“The night was as warm as milk…”

RLS sailed from Hiva-oa in the Marquesas Islands on a dangerous voyage through many coral atolls bound for Fakarava in the Paumotu (or Tuamotu) Archipelago, also known as the Dangerous Archipelago. See RLS’s diary in ‘In the South Seas’, Pt. … Continue reading

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“I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we”

On 20 July 1888, after 22 days at sea and 3000 miles, the yacht Casco dropped anchor in Anaho Bay in Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. All RLS’s literary energies were devoted to his journal, The Cruise … Continue reading

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“You should have seen us counting over the ship’s specie today: Treasure Island wasn’t a circumstance”

RLS, his mother, stepson Lloyd and servant Valentine left New York on 2 June 1888 and travelled by train to San Francisco, where Fanny joined them. The agreement to charter the schooner Casco was signed on 21 June with her … Continue reading

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