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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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“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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“My horror of the horrible is about my weakest point”

RLS’s account of his visit is to the leper colony on Molokai island, Hawaii. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2174.] To … 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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“Get out your big atlas”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2109.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 78-80] Fakarava, Low Archipelago, September 21st, 1888 My dear Colvin, Only … Continue reading

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“The night was as warm as milk…”

RLS sailed from Hiva-oa in the Marquesas Islands on a dangerous voyage through many coral atolls bound for Fakarava in the Paumotu (or Tuamotu) Archipelago, also known as the Dangerous Archipelago. See RLS’s diary in ‘In the South Seas’, Pt. … Continue reading

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“I have never called my verses poetry: they are verse, the verse of a speaker not a singer”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1909.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp: A Memory, 1910, pp. 138-139] [Saranac Lake, ? Mid-October 1887] Dear Mr. Sharp, What is the townsman’s blunder? — though I … Continue reading

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“Home Rule, if you like”

The following sets forth the pros and cons which were balancing each other in RLS’s mind in regard to his scheme of going to make a stand in his own person against agrarian outrage in Ireland, under the Conservative Government … Continue reading

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When I feel with what marvellous kindness the wind has been tempered to my frailties…

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1409.] To Philip Gilbert Hamerton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 274-276] Bournemouth, March 16, 1885 My dear Hamerton, Various things have been reminding me of my misconduct: First, … Continue reading

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