To Herbert Watkins, 14 April 1858

ALS to Herbert Watkins, [Wednesday] 14 April 1858. Single sheet, laid paper, no watermark, 179x111mm, integral blank leaf missing, small embossed oval device 12x10mm top left. 

The Public Face of Wilkie Collins I 159

11 Harley Place
Marylebone Road, N.W.
April 14th 1858

My dear Sir, 
I have been out 
of town, or I should have 
answered your kind note 

I send with this - as the 
best contribution I can offer 
to your library, thus far - 
my last written book. 
Pray accept it, as the 
most careful "study from 
Nature" that I have yet 
made, and believe me, 

Very truly yours
Wilkie Collins

Herbert Watkins Esqre

Enlarged image of the oval device at the top left of the letter.

1.     2 Harley Place, New Road became 11 Harley Place, Marylebone Road by order on 20 February 1857 and Wilkie started using the address in October that year..
2.     Herbert Watkins, Photographer of 179 and later 215 Regent Street. Three weeks earlier on 20 March Wilkie had written asking for three copies of the 'admirable profile' photograph which Watkins had taken. He also took a full length study of Wilkie in 1861.
3.     His latest published book was The Dead Secret published 1 June 1857

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