Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: To Sidney Colvin, Yacht ’casco,’ Anaho Bay, Nukahiva, Marquesas Islands [July 1888]

MY DEAR COLVIN, - From this somewhat (ahem) out of the way place, I write to say how d’ye do. It is all a swindle: I chose these isles as having the most beastly population, and they are far better, and far more civilised than we. I know one old chief Ko-oamua, a great cannibal in his day, who ate his enemies even as he walked home from killing ’em, and he is a perfect gentleman and exceedingly amiable and simple-minded: no fool, though.

The climate is delightful; and the harbour where we lie one of the loveliest spots imaginable. Yesterday evening we had near a score natives on board; lovely parties. We have a native god; very rare now. Very rare and equally absurd to view.

This sort of work is not favourable to correspondence: it takes me all the little strength I have to go about and see, and then come home and note, the strangeness around us. I shouldn’t wonder if there came trouble here some day, all the same. I could name a nation that is not beloved in certain islands - and it does not know it! Strange: like ourselves, perhaps, in India! Love to all and much to yourself.

R. L. S.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Sidney Colvin, Yacht ’casco,’ Anaho Bay, Nukahiva, Marquesas Islands [July 1888]," Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2 Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J9E1DKXSIK2ZCCZ.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Sidney Colvin, Yacht ’casco,’ Anaho Bay, Nukahiva, Marquesas Islands [July 1888]." Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J9E1DKXSIK2ZCCZ.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Sidney Colvin, Yacht ’casco,’ Anaho Bay, Nukahiva, Marquesas Islands [July 1888]' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 2. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=J9E1DKXSIK2ZCCZ.