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“Gaiety is what these children want; to sit in a crowd, tell stories and pass jests”

RLS had written more chapters of his next novel, The Wrecker, and momentarely given up the High Woods of Ulufanua, the title first given to The Beach of Falesá, which was to be published in the book Island Nights’ Entertainments, 1893. … Continue reading

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“Cowardice lies in the extremes, whether of severity or of indulgence”

The Revd. Clarke of the London Missionary Society recorded that the occasion for the dancing of the Siva – the Samoan national dance – was the arrival of Henry C. Ide as Chief Justice in 1893, but the reference is … Continue reading

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“If Reid had been still living, I would have written to tell him that, for me, it had come true”

During the absence of the Stevensons at Sydney some eight acres of the Vailima property had been cleared of jungle, a cottage roughly built on the clearing, and something done towards making the track up the hill from Apia into … Continue reading

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“I am really highly ‘mitionari’ now”

Writing to his mother from Vailima, RLS speaks of going to Auckland. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by R. Lovett. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2259.] To his Mother [Lovett, James … Continue reading

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“We have a very interesting party on board, three missionaries and their wives”

[For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2253] To his Mother [Lovett, James Chalmers, 1902, pp. 359-60] S.S. Lübeck Between Sydney and Tongatabu Tree days out [7 September 1890] … We have a very interesting … 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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“So long as I cruise in the South Seas, I shall be well and happy”

The S.S. Janet Nicoll took RLS, Fanny and Lloyd by a long and devious course among many groups of islands that he had not yet visited. Out of Auckland harbour the voyage nearly came to a premature end through the … Continue reading

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“Clambering down cliffs to get photographs like a man of iron”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2230.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters pp. 267-8; http://www.hathitrust.org] Janet Nicoll, at sea, off Upolu [30 April 1890] My dear Charles, This is to let you to wit that … 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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“Think of me sea-bathing and walking about, as jolly as a sandboy”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2152.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 129-32] Honolulu, April 2nd, 1889 My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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