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“There is no postal service; and schooners must take it, how they may and when”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2206.] To E.L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 181-5] S.S. Lübeck [between Apia and Sydney] [February] 1890 … 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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“As I write, the breeze is brisking up, doors are beginning to slam and shutters”

The following was written soon after the termination of the voyage of the Equator and RLS’s first landing in Samoa, where he was engaged in collecting materials for the account (then intended to be the concluding part of his great … 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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“The night draws on and I must be on ‘the eight seas’ tomorrow”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2161.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 246-7: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Honolulu, 25 April 1889] My dear Charles, I forget if I have made my plans clear to you. … 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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“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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“From poking in a sick-room all winter to the deck of one’s own ship, is indeed a heavenly change”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2084.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, p. 238] [Manasquan, c. 15 May 1888] My dear Lady Taylor, I have to announce our great news. On June 15th … Continue reading

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“… but if a tin of Margarita and a mass of cigarette papers came by post…”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Will H. Low. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1922.] To Will H. Low [Low, A Chronicle of friendship, 1908, pp. 398-9] [Saranac Lake, 24 October … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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