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“So long as I cruise in the South Seas, I shall be well and happy”

The S.S. Janet Nicoll took RLS, Fanny and Lloyd by a long and devious course among many groups of islands that he had not yet visited. Out of Auckland harbour the voyage nearly came to a premature end through the … 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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Just got a servant !!!!!!

The expression “a muckle hash of a weedy” (Scots) stay for something like “a large agglomeration of a scrawny person”. In a postscript Fanny described her new servant as ‘a most competent large middle-aged servant’, and an expert cook. [As … Continue reading

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I vote for separations

As the ways and restrictions of a settled invalid were repugnant to RLS’s character and instincts, so were the life and society of a regular invalid station depressing and uncongenial to him. He determined, accordingly, to avoid settling in one … Continue reading

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Bare, grey shores, grim grey houses, grim grey sea

In the summer of 1868 RLS is practising in the family firm, learning the engineering business. He goes to watch the works in progress first at Anstruther on the coast of Fife, and afterwards at Wick: the breakwater built there … Continue reading

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