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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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“If he had not been Shelley’s son, people would have thought more of him”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2198.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 261-3] Apia, Samoa, Jan. 20th, 1890 My dear Lady … Continue reading

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“As I write, the breeze is brisking up, doors are beginning to slam and shutters”

The following was written soon after the termination of the voyage of the Equator and RLS’s first landing in Samoa, where he was engaged in collecting materials for the account (then intended to be the concluding part of his great … Continue reading

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“We are now about to rise, like whales, from this long dive”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2192.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 169-71] Schooner Equator, at sea, Wednesday, 4th … Continue reading

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“Try to believe in our continued existence”

[For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2184.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 260-1] Honolulu, June 19th, 1889. My dear Lady Taylor, Our new home, the Equator, trading schooner, rides at the buoy to-night, … Continue reading

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“Aita te pahi – no ship”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2181.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 250-1; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, 16 June 1889 My dear Charles, Herewith a certified copy of my new will necessitated by fresh … Continue reading

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