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“My loneliness has a certain pleasure”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2235.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 199-202] Hotel Sebastopol, Noumea [late July 1890] My dear Charles, I have stayed here a week while Lloyd and my wife continue to … Continue reading

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“Clambering down cliffs to get photographs like a man of iron”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2230.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters pp. 267-8; http://www.hathitrust.org] Janet Nicoll, at sea, off Upolu [30 April 1890] My dear Charles, This is to let you to wit that … Continue reading

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“Home September”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2226.] Cablegram to Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters p. 266;  www.hathitrust.org] Sydney, 10 April 1890 Return Islands four months Home September.

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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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“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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“As I write, the breeze is brisking up, doors are beginning to slam and shutters”

The following was written soon after the termination of the voyage of the Equator and RLS’s first landing in Samoa, where he was engaged in collecting materials for the account (then intended to be the concluding part of his great … Continue reading

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“Aita te pahi – no ship”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2181.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 250-1; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, 16 June 1889 My dear Charles, Herewith a certified copy of my new will necessitated by fresh … Continue reading

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“I have a perfect right to object to the publication of private letters”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2178.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 249-50 http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] [Honolulu, ? 6 June 1889] My dear Charles, The last mail we are likely to … 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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