Vailima Letters

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

May 3rd

Well, we did get off by about 5.30, or, by’r lady! quarter of six: myself on Donald, the huge grey cart-horse, with a shipbag across my saddle bow, Fanny on Musu and Belle on Jack. We were all feeling pretty tired and sick, and I looked like heaven knows what on the cart horse: ’death on the pale horse,’ I suggested - and young Hunt the missionary, who met me to-day on the same charger, squinted up at my perch and remarked, ’There’s a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft.’ The boat was ready and we set off down the lagoon about seven, four oars, and Talolo, my cook, steering.


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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "May 3rd," Vailima Letters, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Vailima Letters Original Sources, accessed September 24, 2023,

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "May 3rd." Vailima Letters, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Vailima Letters, Original Sources. 24 Sep. 2023.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'May 3rd' in Vailima Letters, ed. and trans. . cited in , Vailima Letters. Original Sources, retrieved 24 September 2023, from