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“I’m direckit at space”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2158.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 138-9] Honolulu, [postmark 12] April 1889 My dear Charles, As … Continue reading

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“My 19th century strikes here, and lies alongside of something beautiful and ancient”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2151.] To Herny James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 127-9] Honolulu [towards the end of March 1889] My dear … Continue reading

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“The children beat their parents here; it does not make their parents any better”

RLS addressed a part of this letter to William Archer’s son, ‘Tomarcher’, then aged three. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2119] To William and Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 85-6] Taiti, … Continue reading

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“I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we”

On 20 July 1888, after 22 days at sea and 3000 miles, the yacht Casco dropped anchor in Anaho Bay in Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. All RLS’s literary energies were devoted to his journal, The Cruise … Continue reading

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The garden, which is above, is lovely, and will be cool in summer

From Marseilles, RLS and Fanny returned as far as Hyeres, a winter resort 11 miles east of Toulon and 3 miles inland from the sea. They stayed there through the greater part of February 1883, at the Hôtel des Îles … Continue reading

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