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"Upon this topic my zeal is complete and, probably enough, without discretion"

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2217.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters pp. 264-5, www.hathitrust.org] Private and confidential Sydney, 12 March [1890] My dear Charles, Enclosed please find a libel: you perceive I am quite frank with my legal adviser; … 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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“I have a perfect right to object to the publication of private letters”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2178.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 249-50 http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] [Honolulu, ? 6 June 1889] My dear Charles, The last mail we are likely to … Continue reading

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“Hawaii ponoi nana i kou moi (Hawaiian God save the King)”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2143.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 242-3: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, [Postmark 8] March 1889 My dear Charles, At last I have the accounts: the doer has done … Continue reading

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“I so well that I do not know myself”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2133.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 240-1: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu,] 8 February 1889 My dear Charles, Here we are at Honolulu, and have dismissed the yacht, and lie here … Continue reading

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“The exile threatens to be eternal”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2121] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 237-8, at http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Tautira (The Garden of the World), otherwise called Hans-Christian-Andersen-ville [8 or 9 November 1888] My dear Charles, … Continue reading

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“We cam’ so near gaun heels ower hurdies”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2111.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 236-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] Taiti (as ever was) [? 9 October 1888] But then, my dear Charles, … Continue reading

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“Get out your big atlas”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2109.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 78-80] Fakarava, Low Archipelago, September 21st, 1888 My dear Colvin, Only … Continue reading

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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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