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“My report would be – no connection between standing stones and sepulture”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2247.] To Andrew Lang [Colvin 1911, 3, 209-10] Union Club, Sydney [late August 1890] My dear Lang, I observed … Continue reading

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“Sic veerin’ and steerin’! What port are ye neerin’?”

Excerpt of this letter had been quoted by Andrew Lang in a letter to H. Rider Haggard, with a copy made by Haggard of the verses. Lang had quoted RLS’s views on The World’s Desire by Haggard and Lang, published … 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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“Barquentin R.L.S., nine hundred and odd days out from the port of Bournemouth”

RLS left Apia on board the German mail steamer Lübeck on 4 February and reached Sydney on 13 February. You may read about this ship on a Melbourne newspaper, 30 August 1886, here: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11570935 [As usual, for correct and critical … Continue reading

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“It is always darkest before dawn”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2153.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 132-4] [Honolulu, c. 2 April 1889] My dear Burlingame, … 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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“It was a project I went into with horrid diffidence; and lucre was my only motive”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2043.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 236-237] [Saranac Lake, 31 March 1888.] My dear Gosse, Why so plaintive? Either the post-office has played us false, or … Continue reading

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“I thocht I was sae dam patriotic j’inin'”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1964.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 35-36] Saranac Lake, 12th December ’87 My dear Charles, Will … Continue reading

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“I get some work done every day with a devil of a heave”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1957.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 31-32] Saranac [c. 5 December 1887] My dear lad, I … Continue reading

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“A prophet has certainly a devil of a lot of honour (and much coins) in another country”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1901.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, pp. 234-236] [Saranac Lake, c. 8 October 1887] My dear lad, I … Continue reading

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