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“Sic veerin’ and steerin’! What port are ye neerin’?”

Excerpt of this letter had been quoted by Andrew Lang in a letter to H. Rider Haggard, with a copy made by Haggard of the verses. Lang had quoted RLS’s views on The World’s Desire by Haggard and Lang, published … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … Continue reading

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“Do you remember a lean youth who used to hang daily around Leslie Stephen?”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2207.] To Anne Thackeray Ritchie [Sturgies, in Cornhill, Nov. 1919, pp. 465-6] S.S. Lübeck, between Apia and Samoa [February 1890] Dear Mrs Ritchie, Do you remember a lean youth who used to … 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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“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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“Hunger my driver, I go where I must”

Evidently a continuation of the previous letter. [For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2122] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, p. 239-40, http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Tautira [8 or 9 November 1888] My dear Charles, I forgot: Mrs. Mary … Continue reading

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“I could bear to go down myself, but not to have much MS go down with me”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2118.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 82-4] Taiti, October 16th, 1888 My dear Colvin, … 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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“A dreamer of dreams, I call it: it is just a gossip with stories”

Fanny Stevenson had left Saranac Lake on October 6th, 1887, to visit her mother and sister Josephine (a banker’s wife) at Danville, Indiana. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by the editor of the Anderson’s Sale Catalogue, while the … Continue reading

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