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“I so well that I do not know myself”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2133.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 240-1: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu,] 8 February 1889 My dear Charles, Here we are at Honolulu, and have dismissed the yacht, and lie here … Continue reading

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“You should have seen us counting over the ship’s specie today: Treasure Island wasn’t a circumstance”

RLS, his mother, stepson Lloyd and servant Valentine left New York on 2 June 1888 and travelled by train to San Francisco, where Fanny joined them. The agreement to charter the schooner Casco was signed on 21 June with her … 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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“I would give a leg that this were blotted out, and I could sit down with him as of yore”

[For correct and critical edition of these letters, see Mehew 6, 2090-2093.] W.E. Henley to RLS, with a note by RLS [Enclosed in letter 2093 to Baxter, see below] [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 216-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Merton Place, Chiswick W., … Continue reading

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“So swiftly do great minds jump!”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2080.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 218, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Manasquan, New Jersey, 9 May 1888] My dear Charles, This word to acknowledge … Continue reading

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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … Continue reading

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“Angry with Henley I am not”

The friendship between RLS and W.E. Henley had grown strained for many reasons. Henley disliked RLS’s wife, and felt that she interfered with their friendship. Furthermore, he was more convinced than RLS about the viability of the plays that the … Continue reading

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