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“Hawaii ponoi nana i kou moi (Hawaiian God save the King)”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2143.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 242-3: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, [Postmark 8] March 1889 My dear Charles, At last I have the accounts: the doer has done … Continue reading

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“Is it what the English people understand by the sovereignty of the seas?”

This letter about the First Samoan Civil War was to be published on The Times, 11 March 1889, under the heading ‘Recent German Doings in Samoa’. Cf. for details RLS’s essay A Footnote to History, 1892. [As usual, for correct … 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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“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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“The scene of that romance… it jumps like a flea”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1994.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 46-48] Saranac Lake, [6 January 1888] Dear Mr. … Continue reading

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“I am strangely disquieted on all political matters”

In September 1887 Mrs Jenkin had sent Fanny Stevenson an opal ring, in gratitude for RLS’s writing of the ‘Memoir’ of her husband, died in 1885. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1958.] … Continue reading

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“Fame is nothing to a yacht; experto crede”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1892.] To Sir Walter Simpson [Colvin 1912, pp. 231-233] [Saranac Lake, Early October, 1887.l My dear Simpson, the address is c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, N.Y., … Continue reading

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