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“Is it what the English people understand by the sovereignty of the seas?”

This letter about the First Samoan Civil War was to be published on The Times, 11 March 1889, under the heading ‘Recent German Doings in Samoa’. Cf. for details RLS’s essay A Footnote to History, 1892. [As usual, for correct … Continue reading

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“And then I knew for sure that they were all children in a fairy-story”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2129.] To Thomas Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 91-4] Tautira, Island of Taiti [? 18 December 1888] Dear Tomarcher, This is a pretty state of things! seven … Continue reading

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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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