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All races are better away from their own country

Jules Simoneau (1820-1908) was the keeper of the inn and restaurant where RLS had boarded at Monterey, California, in the autumn of 1879, while waiting for his future wife’s divorce to become final. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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I took up the wondrous tale and steered the ship through

RLS here narrates in his own fashion by what generalship he at last got rid of the house at Campagne Defli (Saint-Marcel, Marseille) without having to pay compensation as his wife expected. ‘If it had not been the agent, may … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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That tells on my old gipsy nature; like a violin hung up, I begin to lose what music there was in me

Colvin went out to Davos in January 1881, and found RLS apparently little improved in health, and depressed by a sad turn of destiny which had brought out his old friend Mrs. Sitwell to the same place, at the same … Continue reading

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Today, the south wind blows; and I am seedy in consequence

John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, better remembered today for his tormented homosexuality, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, with his wife. He wrote to a friend of his … Continue reading

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Can I make some one happier this day before I lie down to sleep?

The Amateur Emigrant, an account of RLS’s journey to California, was then in draft. The novel A Vendetta in the West was eventually abandoned and apparently destroyed. The Pavilion on the Links had just then been accepted for the Cornhill … Continue reading

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The Italian Fisherman, an old Garibaldian, is a splendid fellow

The poster here mentioned about ‘Padre Dos Reales’ was first published in 1966 (J.D. Hart, FromScotland to Silverado). The Padre was the resident pastor of the Catholic Church in Monterey, Angelo Casanova. The text runs: PADRE DOS REALES On the … Continue reading

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