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“A cat-boat at our disposal, the sea always audible on the outer beach, the lagoon as smooth as glass”

Having spent the last fortnight of April 1888 at New York, RLS and his stepson Lloyd moved at the beginning of May to Manasquan, a small New Jersey watering-place; his wife having meanwhile gone to San Francisco, where she presently … Continue reading

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“‘Huckleberry Finn’ is a book I have read four times, and am quite ready to begin again tomorrow”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Bigelow Paine. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2064.] To Mark Twain [A.B. Paine, Mark Twain, 1912, II, p. 794, III, pp. 859-860] [Saranac Lake, c. … Continue reading

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“I think niether I nor my wife have been kindly used”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2063.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 208, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Saranac Lake, 12 April 1888] My dear Charles, I write mainly to inform you that as Henley has … Continue reading

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“How I wish I had died at Hyères, while all was well with me!”

W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by Katharine de Mattos had precipitated the quarrel and estrangement between them. Baxter acted as … Continue reading

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“The name of my native land is not North Britain, whatever may be the name of yours”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2058.] To S.R. Crockett [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 60-62] [Saranac Lake, c. 10 April 1888] Dear Minister of the Free Kirk at Penicuik, For O, man, I cannae read … Continue reading

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“Had I taken time, I would not have set pen to paper to you about this wretchedness”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2057.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 206-207, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Saranac Lake, 10 April 1888] My dear Charles, I have written you today … Continue reading

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“Angry with Henley I am not”

The friendship between RLS and W.E. Henley had grown strained for many reasons. Henley disliked RLS’s wife, and felt that she interfered with their friendship. Furthermore, he was more convinced than RLS about the viability of the plays that the … Continue reading

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