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“But I know pleasure still; pleasure with a thousand faces, and none perfect”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 7, 2307.] To Sidney Colvin [Vailima Letters I, 1895, pp. 102-9] [Vailima] Friday 19 [actually 20] March [1891] My dear S.C., You probably expect that now I am back at Vailima … Continue reading

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“Farther from the inviolate island than even Shelley”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 7, 2304.] To Lady Shelley [Glynn Grylls, Mary Shelley, 1938, pp. 294-5] S.S. Lübeck, between Sydney and Samoa [Late February 1891] My dear Lady Shelley, I have long … Continue reading

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“Better a finger aff as aye waggin”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 7, 2303.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 276-8; www.hathitrust.org] S.S. Lübeck at sea [Late February 1891] My dear Charles, Perhaps in my old days I do grow irascible – “the … Continue reading

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“Terra marique per pericula per ardua”

RLS was on his way back from Sydney to Samoa, having received proofs of some of his South Sea chapters. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter … Continue reading

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“What a tongue it would be to write, if one only knew it – and there were only readers!”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2295.] This is the first appearance in RLS’s letters of the Swedish Chief Justice of Samoa, Conrad … Continue reading

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“We are the cranks of a huge machine – I do believe – of righteousness”

This next letter was written at sea on an expedition to Sydney at the beginning of 1891. Only some paragraphs of it were printed by Colvin, the rest consisting, as he said, “of a sermon or vehement remonstrance against certain … Continue reading

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“Well, we begin to be the old fogies now; and it was high time something rose to take our places”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2288.] To Henry James [Colvin 1899, II, pp. 253-6] Vailima, Apia, Samoa, December 29th, 1890. My dear Henry James, … Continue reading

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“We have a very interesting party on board, three missionaries and their wives”

[For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2253] To his Mother [Lovett, James Chalmers, 1902, pp. 359-60] S.S. Lübeck Between Sydney and Tongatabu Tree days out [7 September 1890] … We have a very interesting … Continue reading

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“I could not eat a penny roll that piece of bludgeoning had gained for me”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2251.] To Andrew Chatto [Baxter Letters, pp. 271-2: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Union Club, Sydney [September 1890] Dear Mr. Chatto, The letter to Dr Hyde is yours, or any man’s, I will never … Continue reading

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“All this literary gossip I bestow upon you entre confrères, Miss Green”

Apparently in the guise of ‘Miss Green’, Miss Boodle had sent RLS (in the guise of Robin Lewison) an imaginary account of the discovery of the MS of an unknown novel in the garret of Sherryvore Cottage, Bournemouth. According to … Continue reading

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