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“The night was as warm as milk…”

RLS sailed from Hiva-oa in the Marquesas Islands on a dangerous voyage through many coral atolls bound for Fakarava in the Paumotu (or Tuamotu) Archipelago, also known as the Dangerous Archipelago. See RLS’s diary in ‘In the South Seas’, Pt. … Continue reading

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“You should have seen us counting over the ship’s specie today: Treasure Island wasn’t a circumstance”

RLS, his mother, stepson Lloyd and servant Valentine left New York on 2 June 1888 and travelled by train to San Francisco, where Fanny joined them. The agreement to charter the schooner Casco was signed on 21 June with her … Continue reading

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“I have found a yacht and we are going the full pitch for seven months”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2082.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 220-1, at http://www.hathitrust.org] Union House, Manasquan, N.J., but address to Scribner’s [11 May 1888] My dear Charles, I have found a … Continue reading

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“R.L.S., the house-bond, prop, pillar, bread-winner, and bully of the establishment”

Elizabeth Anne Ferrier ‘Coggie’ (1844-1917) was the elder sister of Walter Ferrier, who had been one of RLS’s closest friends and in fact died of alcoholism in 1883. RLS and Coggie began communicating after Walter’s death. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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“Fame is nothing to a yacht; experto crede”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1892.] To Sir Walter Simpson [Colvin 1912, pp. 231-233] [Saranac Lake, Early October, 1887.l My dear Simpson, the address is c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 743 Broadway, N.Y., … Continue reading

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“I had literally forgotten what happiness was, and the full mind”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1891.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 10-12] Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, New York, U.S.A. [Early October 1887] … Continue reading

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The keenest artistic pleasure I know

A strain of anxiety has given a shake to Stevenson’s own health, and it is agreed that he shall go for a yachting tour in the Inner Hebrides with Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson (1843–1898), 2nd baronet of Strathavon and the … Continue reading

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