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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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“The whole tale of my life is better to me than any poem”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2180.] To James Payn [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 154-6] Honolulu, H.I., June 13th, 1889 My dear James Payn, … Continue reading

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I only know that side of Queen Square from the pavement and the back windows of Brunswick Row

Alicia Isobel Buckle, a daughter of the novelist and editor James Payn married to the editor of the Times, had laughingly remonstrated, through her father, on recognising some features of her own house in Queen Square, Bloomsbury, in the description … Continue reading

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Just got a servant !!!!!!

The expression “a muckle hash of a weedy” (Scots) stay for something like “a large agglomeration of a scrawny person”. In a postscript Fanny described her new servant as ‘a most competent large middle-aged servant’, and an expert cook. [As … Continue reading

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He has my free permission to borrow from me all that he can find worth borrowing

At Marseilles, while waiting to occupy the house which he had leased in the suburbs of that city, RLS learned that his old friend and kind adviser, James Payn, with whom he had been intimate as sub-editor of the Cornhill … Continue reading

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