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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 am tempted to call myself a valetudinarian

Enclosing some supplementary poems for A Child’s Garden of Verses. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1279.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 192-193] … Continue reading

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Bewildering and childering are enough for me

The following is in answer to a letter containing remarks on the proofs of A Child’s Garden of Verses, then going round among some of his friends with the name of Penny Whistles, and on the instalments of Silverado Squatters … Continue reading

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Thirty-two years now finished!

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1012.] To his Mother [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 110] Campagne Defli, St. Marcel, Banlieue de Marseille, November 13, … Continue reading

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The letters come between seven and nine in the evening

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 763.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 21-23] Hôtel Bélvèdere, Davos, December 21, 1880. My dear People, … Continue reading

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The mere extent of a man’s travels has in it something consolatory

RLS had made friends with the American writer Charles Warren Stoddard, in the manner and amid the scenes faithfully described in The Wrecker, in the chapter called ‘Faces on the City Front.’ Stoddard (1843-1909) had written on 9 November 1880 … Continue reading

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Can I make some one happier this day before I lie down to sleep?

The Amateur Emigrant, an account of RLS’s journey to California, was then in draft. The novel A Vendetta in the West was eventually abandoned and apparently destroyed. The Pavilion on the Links had just then been accepted for the Cornhill … Continue reading

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I do not fear to go on, for I am doing right

RLS arrived in Oakland, California on Sunday 30 August 1879, crossed by the ferry to San Francisco and then travelled some south by rail to Monterey, where Fanny Osbourne, her children and her sister Nellie were staying. The ranch of … Continue reading

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The handwriting is not good because of the ship’s misconduct

In France, RLS had met Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, the American lady who was afterwards to become his wife. Her domestic relations had not been fortunate; and almost from their first meeting, at Grez in 1876, he conceived for … Continue reading

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What good travellers we are, if we had only faith

Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) was an art critic, author, poet and close friend to RLS. They first met in 1870, and in 1896 Gosse will remember that circumstance: “At the tail of this chatty, jesting little crowd of invaders came … Continue reading

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