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“What a tongue it would be to write, if one only knew it – and there were only readers!”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2295.] This is the first appearance in RLS’s letters of the Swedish Chief Justice of Samoa, Conrad … Continue reading

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“Give me farmering in the tropics for real interest. Life goes in enchantment”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2269.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 254-6] [Vailima, 4 November 1890] My dear Burlingame, By some … Continue reading

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“The night draws on and I must be on ‘the eight seas’ tomorrow”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2161.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 246-7: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu, 25 April 1889] My dear Charles, I forget if I have made my plans clear to you. … Continue reading

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“I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we”

On 20 July 1888, after 22 days at sea and 3000 miles, the yacht Casco dropped anchor in Anaho Bay in Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. All RLS’s literary energies were devoted to his journal, The Cruise … Continue reading

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I spy a little bright cafe in one corner of the port, in front of which I now propose we should sit down

There is no certain clue to the date of the following; neither has it been possible to make sure what was the enclosure mentioned. The special illness referred to seems to be that of the beginning of May 1884. [Dots … Continue reading

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All for nothing, except experience and dirty clothes!

In RLS’s biographical essay on his father, he’ll tell how in the end, at Wick, ‘the sea proved too strong for men’s arts, and after expedients hitherto unthought of, and on a scale hyper-Cyclopean, the work must be deserted, and … Continue reading

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Pulling, hauling, and tugging for dear life

The MacDonald father and son are engineers attached to the Stevenson firm and in charge of the harbour works at Wick. Willie Traquair is one of RLS’s 50 cousins and playmate at Colinton Manse, the residence of RLS’s maternal grandfather. … Continue reading

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