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“I could bear to go down myself, but not to have much MS go down with me”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2118.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 82-4] Taiti, October 16th, 1888 My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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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 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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“We can do no more than try to do our best”

In December 1887, RLS had sent a copy of his ‘Memories and Portraits’ to one of the most intimate friends of his father, Rev. Archibald Charteris, asking if he could recall something memorable of Thomas Stevenson, to be used in … Continue reading

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“R.L.S., the house-bond, prop, pillar, bread-winner, and bully of the establishment”

Elizabeth Anne Ferrier ‘Coggie’ (1844-1917) was the elder sister of Walter Ferrier, who had been one of RLS’s closest friends and in fact died of alcoholism in 1883. RLS and Coggie began communicating after Walter’s death. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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“This harsh, grey, glum, doleful climate has done me good”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2009.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 54-55] [Saranac Lake, 6 or 7 February 1888] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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