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“I could bear to go down myself, but not to have much MS go down with me”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2118.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 82-4] Taiti, October 16th, 1888 My dear Colvin, … 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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“I would give a leg that this were blotted out, and I could sit down with him as of yore”

[For correct and critical edition of these letters, see Mehew 6, 2090-2093.] W.E. Henley to RLS, with a note by RLS [Enclosed in letter 2093 to Baxter, see below] [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 216-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Merton Place, Chiswick W., … Continue reading

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“So swiftly do great minds jump!”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2080.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 218, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Manasquan, New Jersey, 9 May 1888] My dear Charles, This word to acknowledge … Continue reading

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“The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the name of yours”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2058.] To S.R. Crockett [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 60-62] [Saranac Lake, c. 10 April 1888] Dear Minister of the Free Kirk at Penicuik, For O, man, I cannae read … Continue reading

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“Lloyd and I have a mutiny novel on hand – a tremendous work”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2053.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 64-65] [Saranac Lake] April 9!! 1888 My dear Colvin, I … Continue reading

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“R.L.S., the house-bond, prop, pillar, bread-winner, and bully of the establishment”

Elizabeth Anne Ferrier ‘Coggie’ (1844-1917) was the elder sister of Walter Ferrier, who had been one of RLS’s closest friends and in fact died of alcoholism in 1883. RLS and Coggie began communicating after Walter’s death. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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