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“The children beat their parents here; it does not make their parents any better”

RLS addressed a part of this letter to William Archer’s son, ‘Tomarcher’, then aged three. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2119] To William and Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 85-6] Taiti, … Continue reading

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“I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we”

On 20 July 1888, after 22 days at sea and 3000 miles, the yacht Casco dropped anchor in Anaho Bay in Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. All RLS’s literary energies were devoted to his journal, The Cruise … Continue reading

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“This harsh, grey, glum, doleful climate has done me good”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2009.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 54-55] [Saranac Lake, 6 or 7 February 1888] My dear Colvin, … 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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