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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 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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“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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“Your father has brought you this day to see me”

The following is addressed to the son of the Irish-American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who was at that time 8 years old. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2097.] To Homer Saint-Gaudens [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. … Continue reading

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“From poking in a sick-room all winter to the deck of one’s own ship, is indeed a heavenly change”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2084.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, p. 238] [Manasquan, c. 15 May 1888] My dear Lady Taylor, I have to announce our great news. On June 15th … Continue reading

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“I have found a yacht and we are going the full pitch for seven months”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2082.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 220-1, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Union House, Manasquan, N.J., but address to Scribner’s [11 May 1888] My dear Charles, I have found a … Continue reading

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