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“Our civilisation is a hollow fraud, all the fun of life is lost by it”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2249.] To Elizabeth Fairchild [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 214-6] Union Club, Sydney [c. 1 September 1890] My … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … 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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“Try to believe in our continued existence”

[For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2184.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 260-1] Honolulu, June 19th, 1889. My dear Lady Taylor, Our new home, the Equator, trading schooner, rides at the buoy to-night, … Continue reading

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“The whole tale of my life is better to me than any poem”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2180.] To James Payn [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 154-6] Honolulu, H.I., June 13th, 1889 My dear James Payn, … Continue reading

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“I have seen sights that cannot be told, and heard stories that cannot be repeated”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2176.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 151-4] Honolulu, [early] June 1889 My dear Colvin, I am … 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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“This, dear James, is a valedictory”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2098.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 70-7] Manasquan (ahem!), New Jersey [28 May 1888] … 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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“How I wish I had died at Hyères, while all was well with me!”

W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by Katharine de Mattos had precipitated the quarrel and estrangement between them. Baxter acted as … Continue reading

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