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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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“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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“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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“And then I knew for sure that they were all children in a fairy-story”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2129.] To Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 91-4] Tautira, Island of Taiti [? 18 December 1888] Dear Tomarcher, This is a pretty state of things! seven … 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 promise you the paper-knife shall go to sea with me”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1875.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 381] [South Place Hotel, Finsbury, ? 21 August 1887] My dear Miss Boodle, I promise you the paper-knife shall … Continue reading

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“I am most anxious to have the proofs with me on the voyage”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1868.] To Messrs Chatto & Windus [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 381-382] Bournemouth [15 August 1887] Dear Sirs, I here enclose the two titles. Had you not better send me … Continue reading

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“I do not write possibly with all the really somewhat sickened gravity I feel”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1798.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 375-377] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“Yours financially, Samuel Budgett”

Will Low and his wife, who were at this time leaving Italy and France for good, had been meditating a visit to the Stevensons at Bournemouth on their way home to the United States. Low had asked RLS if he … Continue reading

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“The tales are like the fox, the goose, and the cabbage of the ferryman”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1732.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 220-222] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [23 December 1886] My dear Lady … Continue reading

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