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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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O, I have such a longing for children of my own; and yet I do not think I could bear it if I had one

RLS’s first introduction to the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849-1903): the acquaintance ripened quickly into a close and stimulating friendship. Henley suffered from a tubercolous disease: he had a wooden leg, and when the desease threatened his other foot, … Continue reading

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We are now at Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, Edinburgh

This and the following letters date after RLS’s return to Scotland, at Swanston Cottage. Swanston Cottage was built in 1761 by Edinburgh Council and raised to two stories in 1820. RLS’s parents leased it 1867 to 1880. RLS stays there … Continue reading

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