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“All this literary gossip I bestow upon you entre confrères, Miss Green”

Apparently in the guise of ‘Miss Green’, Miss Boodle had sent RLS (in the guise of Robin Lewison) an imaginary account of the discovery of the MS of an unknown novel in the garret of Sherryvore Cottage, Bournemouth. According to … Continue reading

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“Our civilisation is a hollow fraud, all the fun of life is lost by it”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2249.] To Elizabeth Fairchild [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 214-6] Union Club, Sydney [c. 1 September 1890] My … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … Continue reading

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“I was never fond of towns, houses, society, or (it seems) civilisation”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2239.]  To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 204-6] Union Club, Sydney [19 August 1890] My dear Henry … Continue reading

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“My loneliness has a certain pleasure”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2235.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 199-202] Hotel Sebastopol, Noumea [late July 1890] My dear Charles, I have stayed here a week while Lloyd and my wife continue to … Continue reading

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“Is it possible for a man in Samoa to be in touch with the great heart of the People?”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2233.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 193-9] S.S. Janet Nicoll off Peru Island, Kingsmills … Continue reading

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“So long as I cruise in the South Seas, I shall be well and happy”

The S.S. Janet Nicoll took RLS, Fanny and Lloyd by a long and devious course among many groups of islands that he had not yet visited. Out of Auckland harbour the voyage nearly came to a premature end through the … Continue reading

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“Sail today, I don’t know where”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2227.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters p. 267; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Sydney, 10 April 1890] My dear Charles, I have been quite knocked over; go back islands four months, pick up again; sail … Continue reading

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“I am sure I shall never come back home except to die”

RLS had not been long at Sydney – just long enough to write and print the famous Letter to Dr. Hyde in defence of Father Damien – when he fell ill again with one of his old bad attacks of … Continue reading

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“Ay, ay, it is sad to sell 17; sad and fine were the old days”

RLS took steamer again, this time for Sydney, where he had ordered his letters to await him. This was written during the passage. The set of verses were posthumously published in Songs of Travel, XXXV (1896), under the title “To … Continue reading

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