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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 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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“Remember it when your bairns grow up: youth is but a scuffle”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2077.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 216, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Union House, Manasquan, N.J., 7 May 1888] My dear Charles, I return herewith the bill and codicil. And … 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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“I think niether I nor my wife have been kindly used”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2063.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 208, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Saranac Lake, 12 April 1888] My dear Charles, I write mainly to inform you that as Henley has … 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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“Lloyd and I have a mutiny novel on hand – a tremendous work”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2053.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 64-65] [Saranac Lake] April 9!! 1888 My dear Colvin, I … Continue reading

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