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“Lord, what a silly thing is popularity!”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1881.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 6-7] [Newport, 18 September 1887] My dear James, Here we are at Newport in the house of the good Fairchilds; and … Continue reading

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“You always complain there are no facts in my letters”

A succession of RLS’s friends had visited and spent part of the day or the evening with him at his hotel in London, on Sunday, August 20th 1887, each bringing some farewell gift or another. On the morning of the … Continue reading

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“I promise you the paper-knife shall go to sea with me”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1875.] To Adelaide Boodle [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 381] [South Place Hotel, Finsbury, ? 21 August 1887] My dear Miss Boodle, I promise you the paper-knife shall … Continue reading

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“I am most anxious to have the proofs with me on the voyage”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1868.] To Messrs Chatto & Windus [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 381-382] Bournemouth [15 August 1887] Dear Sirs, I here enclose the two titles. Had you not better send me … Continue reading

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“We shall steal incognito into la bonne ville”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1863.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 380] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, August 6th, 1887] My dear Low, We ― my mother,    my wife,   my … Continue reading

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Yours, from Charon’s strand

James Walter Ferrier (1850-1883) was one of RLS’s friends from his days at Edinburgh University; he died of alcoholism as a young man. Somerset is possibly a reference to RLS’s cousin, Bob, who figured as the original of some characters … Continue reading

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I do not fear to go on, for I am doing right

RLS arrived in Oakland, California on Sunday 30 August 1879, crossed by the ferry to San Francisco and then travelled some south by rail to Monterey, where Fanny Osbourne, her children and her sister Nellie were staying. The ranch of … Continue reading

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