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“I am sorry I ever left England, for here there are no books to be had”

When the Stevensons left Bournemouth, Miss Boodle gave RLS a paper-cutter. He promised her gift should go to sea with him. That piece is probably the one now kept at Vailima Museum, Samoa. RLS wrote this letter in the character … Continue reading

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“I am, my dear fellow, the most purely unhappy card on ground”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2094.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 228-9, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Manasquan, N.J., 26 May 1888] My dear Charles, I shall just have to ask you to … Continue reading

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“It is in such a world, that I am very glad to fight out my battle, and see some fine sunsets”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2051.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 65-66] Address, c/o Messrs. Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, … Continue reading

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“I will not sit down under the name of a giver of White Elephants”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1979.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 44-45] Saranac Lake, Christmas 1887. My dear Miss Boodle, And a … Continue reading

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“The place does not suit her – it is my private opinion that no place does”

Miss Adelaide Ann Boodle (1858-1934), the lady at Bournemouth, had been trusted to keep an eye on RLS’s interests in connection with his house (Skerryvore Cottage), which had been let, and other matters, and to report thereon from time to … Continue reading

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“I promise you the paper-knife shall go to sea with me”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1875.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 381] [South Place Hotel, Finsbury, ? 21 August 1887] My dear Miss Boodle, I promise you the paper-knife shall … Continue reading

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