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“The children beat their parents here; it does not make their parents any better”

RLS addressed a part of this letter to William Archer’s son, ‘Tomarcher’, then aged three. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2119] To William and Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 85-6] Taiti, … 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 am sorry I ever left England, for here there are no books to be had”

When the Stevensons left Bournemouth, Miss Boodle gave RLS a paper-cutter. He promised her gift should go to sea with him. That piece is probably the one now kept at Vailima Museum, Samoa. RLS wrote this letter in the character … 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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“Get out your big atlas”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2109.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 78-80] Fakarava, Low Archipelago, September 21st, 1888 My dear Colvin, Only … 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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“I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we”

On 20 July 1888, after 22 days at sea and 3000 miles, the yacht Casco dropped anchor in Anaho Bay in Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas Islands. All RLS’s literary energies were devoted to his journal, The Cruise … Continue reading

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