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“Is it what the English people understand by the sovereignty of the seas?”

This letter about the First Samoan Civil War was to be published on The Times, 11 March 1889, under the heading ‘Recent German Doings in Samoa’. Cf. for details RLS’s essay A Footnote to History, 1892. [As usual, for correct … Continue reading

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“Ah yes, you are right, I love the eighteenth century”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2133.] To Marcel Schwob [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 118-9] Honolulu, Sandwich Islands, February 8th, 1889 Dear Sir, I thank you – from the midst of such a flurry as … Continue reading

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“I so well that I do not know myself”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2133.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 240-1: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu,] 8 February 1889 My dear Charles, Here we are at Honolulu, and have dismissed the yacht, and lie here … Continue reading

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“I hope I shall pull off that damned ending”

RLS’s stepdaughter Belle, her husband Joe Strong and their son Austin (then 8 y. o.) had lived in Honolulu since 1882. The Stevenson party joined them on 24 January 1889, moving to a bungalow, Manuia Lanai, at Waikiki, 3 miles … Continue reading

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“Twenty days out from Papeete”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2130.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 105-8] Yacht Casco, at Sea, 14 January, 1889. My dear … Continue reading

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“And then I knew for sure that they were all children in a fairy-story”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2129.] To Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 91-4] Tautira, Island of Taiti [? 18 December 1888] Dear Tomarcher, This is a pretty state of things! seven … Continue reading

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“So now if you please, Louis is no more Louis, but is known as Terii-Tera”

This letter from Fanny Stevenson serves to explain allusions in RLS’s letters. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2127.] Fanny Stevenson to Sidney Colvin … Continue reading

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