To Edmund Yates, 1858-1859

ALS Wilkie Collins to Edmund Yates - small scrap only cut from the bottom of the letter. 56x108mm, laid paper with watermark [1]858.

The Public Face of Wilkie Collins I 186

...on the woodblock
If you can say a word 
for him in the right 
quarter, I am sure...
house - I [missing text]
, or even the remembrance, 
of serious matters.
Ever yours
Wilkie Collins
Edmund Yates Esqr

Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894) probably met WC in 1855 when they worked on The Lighthouse together. He was one of Dickens's 'young men' and wrote for Household Words and All The Year Round. Yates wrote a full obituary of Collins in Temple Bar August 1890.

Although this is just a scrap it is the remains of one of only seven known letters from WC to Yates. The watermark dates it no earlier than 1858 and probably no later than 1859.

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