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“The night was as warm as milk…”

RLS sailed from Hiva-oa in the Marquesas Islands on a dangerous voyage through many coral atolls bound for Fakarava in the Paumotu (or Tuamotu) Archipelago, also known as the Dangerous Archipelago. See RLS’s diary in ‘In the South Seas’, Pt. … Continue reading

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“Had I taken time, I would not have set pen to paper to you about this wretchedness”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2057.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 206-207, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Saranac Lake, 10 April 1888] My dear Charles, I have written you today … Continue reading

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“Will my doer collaborate thus much in my new novel?”

In Scotland the term “doer” is used for the law-agent or man of business of any person. RLS invited his friend and lawyer Charles Baxter (1848-1919) to allow himself (under the alias of Mr. Johnstone Thomson) and his office in … Continue reading

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“Times are changed since the Lothian Road”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1942.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, p. 24] [Saranac Lake], 18th November 1887 My dear … Continue reading

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“The funeral… would have pleased him”

Within a fortnight after the date of the previous letter RLS went himself, and for the last time, to Scotland; not, indeed, to visit his old haunts among the Pentlands, but to be present, too late for recognition, at the … Continue reading

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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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