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“All this literary gossip I bestow upon you entre confrères, Miss Green”

Apparently in the guise of ‘Miss Green’, Miss Boodle had sent RLS (in the guise of Robin Lewison) an imaginary account of the discovery of the MS of an unknown novel in the garret of Sherryvore Cottage, Bournemouth. According to … Continue reading

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“If you would but take a fancy to translate a book of mine that I myself admired…”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2238.] To Marcel Schwob [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 206-9] Union Club, Sydney, August 19th 1890 My dear Mr. Schwob, Mais, alors, vous avez tous les bonheurs, vous! … Continue reading

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“Is it possible for a man in Samoa to be in touch with the great heart of the People?”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2233.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 193-9] S.S. Janet Nicoll off Peru Island, Kingsmills … 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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“Ay, ay, it is sad to sell 17; sad and fine were the old days”

RLS took steamer again, this time for Sydney, where he had ordered his letters to await him. This was written during the passage. The set of verses were posthumously published in Songs of Travel, XXXV (1896), under the title “To … Continue reading

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“Barquentin R.L.S., nine hundred and odd days out from the port of Bournemouth”

RLS left Apia on board the German mail steamer Lübeck on 4 February and reached Sydney on 13 February. You may read about this ship on a Melbourne newspaper, 30 August 1886, here: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11570935 [As usual, for correct and critical … Continue reading

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“If he had not been Shelley’s son, people would have thought more of him”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2198.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 261-3] Apia, Samoa, Jan. 20th, 1890 My dear Lady … Continue reading

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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … 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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“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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