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“Our civilisation is a hollow fraud, all the fun of life is lost by it”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2249.] To Elizabeth Fairchild [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 214-6] Union Club, Sydney [c. 1 September 1890] My … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … Continue reading

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“I was never fond of towns, houses, society, or (it seems) civilisation”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2239.]  To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 204-6] Union Club, Sydney [19 August 1890] My dear Henry … Continue reading

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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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“Sail today, I don’t know where”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2227.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters p. 267; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Sydney, 10 April 1890] My dear Charles, I have been quite knocked over; go back islands four months, pick up again; sail … Continue reading

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“As I write, the breeze is brisking up, doors are beginning to slam and shutters”

The following was written soon after the termination of the voyage of the Equator and RLS’s first landing in Samoa, where he was engaged in collecting materials for the account (then intended to be the concluding part of his great … Continue reading

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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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“Aita te pahi – no ship”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2181.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 250-1; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, 16 June 1889 My dear Charles, Herewith a certified copy of my new will necessitated by fresh … Continue reading

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“I have a perfect right to object to the publication of private letters”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2178.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 249-50 http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] [Honolulu, ? 6 June 1889] My dear Charles, The last mail we are likely to … Continue reading

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