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“In the matter of rhyme no man can judge himself”

This letter is in acknowledgment of proofs received from Scribner’s of a proposed volume of verse to contain, besides “Ticonderoga: A Legend of the West Highlands” and the two ballads “The Feast of Famine: Marquesan Manners” and “The Song of … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … 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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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … Continue reading

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“It is always darkest before dawn”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2153.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 132-4] [Honolulu, c. 2 April 1889] My dear Burlingame, … Continue reading

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“Hawaii ponoi nana i kou moi (Hawaiian God save the King)”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2143.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 242-3: http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, [Postmark 8] March 1889 My dear Charles, At last I have the accounts: the doer has done … Continue reading

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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, 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 RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … 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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“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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