To George Redford, August 1863

ALS to George Redford (1816-95) on plain laid paper 203x126mm, no watermark. Lightly fixed to mounting card. Undated but from the reference to the trip and the Isle of Man was written on one of three Thursdays 6, 14, or 20 August 1863.

Redford was a surgeon and art critic and a close friend of Edward Pigott and Wilkie Collins. In 1888 Wilkie subscribed to Redford's two volume Art Sales which devoted several pages to the works of his father, William Collins RA.

Published The Public Face of Wilkie Collins I 302

12. Harley Street W. | Thursday

My dear Redford,


thanks for your kind

letter. I

shall be delighted to

dine at Cricklewood

tomorrow, as you

propose – and I

will write to my



“messmate” to pick me

up on his way to

you. If the sea

had only agreed with

me, you would have

had a cabin on

board the yacht

at your disposal to

get well in. I

am very glad to


hear however that

you are already improving

at home.


Ever yours

Wilkie Collins




Just before your letter

arrived, Pigott

had brought me the

formidable news of

the fullness of the Isle of Man. 


Edward Pigott Wilkie's friend and sailing companion, was the messmate referred to. Collins was planning a research trip to the Isle of Man.

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