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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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“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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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … 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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“I shall not be home this summer”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2147.] To Tati Salmon [The Bookman 43, 1916, pp. 594-6] Honolulu [23 March 1889] My dear Chief, Here is the mischief to pay! I shall not be … Continue reading

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We believe in nothing: you don’t, and I don’t

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1398.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 267-269] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, 30 [sic!] February … Continue reading

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On winter afternoons, late, when the window was blue and spotted with rare rain drops

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1285.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 222-223] Hotel Chabassière, Royat [June 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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