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“I hope you will remember to register your letters, or I may never receive them”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 7, 2308.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 278-9; http://www.hathitrust.org] [Tutuila, Late March / Early April 1891] My dear Charles, I have had to draw a bill on you for … Continue reading

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“With the great sliding doors wide open in an undershirt and p’jama trousers”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 7, 2307.] To Sidney Colvin [Vailima Letters, 1895, pp. 109-17] [continued] Saturday [21 March 1891] To-day I have had a queer experience. My carter has from the first been using my … 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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“You must translate me soon”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2290.] To Marcel Schwob [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 277-9] [Apia, 3 January 1891] My dear Sir, Sapristi, … 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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“A holiday is required”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2287.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 256-67] [Vailima] Monday, twenty-somethingth [22] of December 1890 My … Continue reading

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“I wish the man who invented open eaves had been with us”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 7, 2275.] To H.J. Moors [Moors, With Stevenson in Samoa, 1910, p. 54] [Vailima, ? 19 November 1890] My dear Moors, I hope to get down today, but … Continue reading

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“My loneliness has a certain pleasure”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2235.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 199-202] Hotel Sebastopol, Noumea [late July 1890] My dear Charles, I have stayed here a week while Lloyd and my wife continue to … 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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“I am sure I shall never come back home except to die”

RLS had not been long at Sydney – just long enough to write and print the famous Letter to Dr. Hyde in defence of Father Damien – when he fell ill again with one of his old bad attacks of … Continue reading

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