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“I have seen sights that cannot be told, and heard stories that cannot be repeated”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2176.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 151-4] Honolulu, [early] June 1889 My dear Colvin, I am … Continue reading

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“My horror of the horrible is about my weakest point”

RLS’s account of his visit is to the leper colony on Molokai island, Hawaii. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2174.] To … Continue reading

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“His body’s under hatches, – his soul, if there is any hell to go to, gone to hell”

 [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 142-3] […] Honolulu, (about) 20th May ’89 … Continue reading

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“The Master is finished, and I am quite a wreck and do not care for literature”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Graham Balfour. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2171.] To his Mother [Balfour, II, pp. 64, 67] Honolulu [? 20 May 1889] […] I had been … Continue reading

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“I think it needful to warn you not to be in a hurry to suppose us dead”

The reference in the first paragraph is to the publication in the press, which Baxter had permitted, of one of RLS’s letters written during the earlier part of his voyage. RLS had remonstrated, always greatly disliking the publication of private … Continue reading

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“The night draws on and I must be on ‘the eight seas’ tomorrow”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2161.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 246-7: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu, 25 April 1889] My dear Charles, I forget if I have made my plans clear to you. … Continue reading

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“A man’s wife gets into his fiction, for better, for worse”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2159.] To David Christie Murray [Murray, Recollections, 1908, pp. 299-302] Honolulu [? April 1889] Dear Mr Christie Murray, Here is a strange place for me to date a letter … Continue reading

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