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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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“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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“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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“The place does not suit her – it is my private opinion that no place does”

Miss Adelaide Ann Boodle (1858-1934), the lady at Bournemouth, had been trusted to keep an eye on RLS’s interests in connection with his house (Skerryvore Cottage), which had been let, and other matters, and to report thereon from time to … Continue reading

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“A man who talks, not one who sings”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1950.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 28-31] Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, New York, U.S.A., November … Continue reading

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It blows an equinoctial gale. Nimbus Britannicus; piping wind, lashing rain

RLS was compelled to abandon the hope of making his permanent home at Hyères, partly by the renewed failure there of his own health, partly by a bad outbreak of cholera which occurred in the old Provençal town about the … Continue reading

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On winter afternoons, late, when the window was blue and spotted with rare rain drops

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1285.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 222-223] Hotel Chabassière, Royat [June 1884] My dear … Continue reading

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As for my wife, that was the best investment ever made by man

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1181.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 181-182] La Solitude, Hyères [November 1883] My dear … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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I wish I was well away somewhere else. I feel like flight some days; honour bright

In the heat of conversation RLS was accustomed to invent any number of fictitious personages, generally Scottish, and to give them names and to set them playing their imaginary parts in life, reputable or otherwise. Many of these inventions, of … Continue reading

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