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“I am sure I shall never come back home except to die”

RLS had not been long at Sydney – just long enough to write and print the famous Letter to Dr. Hyde in defence of Father Damien – when he fell ill again with one of his old bad attacks of … Continue reading

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“There is no postal service; and schooners must take it, how they may and when”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2206.] To E.L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 181-5] S.S. Lübeck [between Apia and Sydney] [February] 1890 … 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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“We cam’ so near gaun heels ower hurdies”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2111.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 236-7, at http://www.hathitrust.org%5D [Envelope marked “Private”] Taiti (as ever was) [? 9 October 1888] But then, my dear Charles, … Continue reading

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Apropos of the odd controversy about Shelley’s nose

Sir Percy and Lady Shelley, RLS’s neighbours at Bournemouth, had attached themselves warmly to RLS, and saw in his ways and character a living image of those of the poet, Sir Percy’s father, as they imagined him. Low had asked … Continue reading

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I shall be very much pleased to have you call me Louis

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1448.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 284-286] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, June 1885] My dear Mrs. Jenkin, I should have written sooner, but we are in a bustle, and … Continue reading

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