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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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“Barquentin R.L.S., nine hundred and odd days out from the port of Bournemouth”

RLS left Apia on board the German mail steamer Lübeck on 4 February and reached Sydney on 13 February. You may read about this ship on a Melbourne newspaper, 30 August 1886, here: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11570935 [As usual, for correct and critical … Continue reading

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“If he had not been Shelley’s son, people would have thought more of him”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2198.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 261-3] Apia, Samoa, Jan. 20th, 1890 My dear Lady … Continue reading

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“As I write, the breeze is brisking up, doors are beginning to slam and shutters”

The following was written soon after the termination of the voyage of the Equator and RLS’s first landing in Samoa, where he was engaged in collecting materials for the account (then intended to be the concluding part of his great … Continue reading

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“We are now about to rise, like whales, from this long dive”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2192.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 169-71] Schooner Equator, at sea, Wednesday, 4th … Continue reading

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