Category Archives: Letters

“It is my weakness to rush in with encumbering gratitude when I am pleased”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2225.] To Francis Marion Crawford [The Bookman 26, 1907, pp. 350-2; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Sydney [c. 8 April 1890] Dear Sir, I sail in some forty hours back among the islands, which are … Continue reading

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"Upon this topic my zeal is complete and, probably enough, without discretion"

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2217.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters pp. 264-5, www.hathitrust.org] Private and confidential Sydney, 12 March [1890] My dear Charles, Enclosed please find a libel: you perceive I am quite frank with my legal adviser; … Continue reading

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“I am sure I shall never come back home except to die”

RLS had not been long at Sydney – just long enough to write and print the famous Letter to Dr. Hyde in defence of Father Damien – when he fell ill again with one of his old bad attacks of … Continue reading

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“As this is like to be our metropolis…”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2214.] To his Mother [Colvin 1912, pp. 264-5] Union Club, Sydney, March 5, 1890. My dear Mother, I understand the family keeps you somewhat informed. For myself I am in such a … Continue reading

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“Here – in this excellent civilised, antipodal club smoking-room…”

The S.S. Lübeck arrived in Sydney on 16 February, 1890. RLS gave interviews to journalists that evening at the Hotel Metropole. He caught a cold almost immediately and moved into the Union Club. [As usual, for critical edition of this … Continue reading

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“Do you remember a lean youth who used to hang daily around Leslie Stephen?”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2207.] To Anne Thackeray Ritchie [Sturgies, in Cornhill, Nov. 1919, pp. 465-6] S.S. Lübeck, between Apia and Samoa [February 1890] Dear Mrs Ritchie, Do you remember a lean youth who used to … Continue reading

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“There is no postal service; and schooners must take it, how they may and when”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2206.] To E.L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 181-5] S.S. Lübeck [between Apia and Sydney] [February] 1890 … Continue reading

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