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“I was never fond of towns, houses, society, or (it seems) civilisation”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2239.]  To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 204-6] Union Club, Sydney [19 August 1890] My dear Henry … Continue reading

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“So long as I cruise in the South Seas, I shall be well and happy”

The S.S. Janet Nicoll took RLS, Fanny and Lloyd by a long and devious course among many groups of islands that he had not yet visited. Out of Auckland harbour the voyage nearly came to a premature end through the … Continue reading

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“Clambering down cliffs to get photographs like a man of iron”

[As usual, for critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2230.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters pp. 267-8; http://www.hathitrust.org] Janet Nicoll, at sea, off Upolu [30 April 1890] My dear Charles, This is to let you to wit that … Continue reading

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“It is my weakness to rush in with encumbering gratitude when I am pleased”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2225.] To Francis Marion Crawford [The Bookman 26, 1907, pp. 350-2; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Sydney [c. 8 April 1890] Dear Sir, I sail in some forty hours back among the islands, which are … 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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“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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“Aita te pahi – no ship”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2181.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, pp. 250-1; http://www.hathitrust.org%5D Honolulu, 16 June 1889 My dear Charles, Herewith a certified copy of my new will necessitated by fresh … Continue reading

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“The whole tale of my life is better to me than any poem”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2180.] To James Payn [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 154-6] Honolulu, H.I., June 13th, 1889 My dear James Payn, … Continue reading

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“My horror of the horrible is about my weakest point”

RLS’s account of his visit is to the leper colony on Molokai island, Hawaii. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2174.] To … Continue reading

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