LS to Walter Lacy (1809-1898), on headed paper, written in the hand of Caroline Graves and signed by Collins. Dated [Tuesday] 23 May 1871.
The Public Face of Wilkie Collins II 256
90, Gloucester Place,
Portman Square. W.
May 23rd 1871.
Dear Mr Walter Lacy,
Pray accept my best thanks
for your very kind letter. The preparation
of Mercury which you describe has been tried
in my case, and, from some unlucky pecu-
-liarity in my constitution, has not succeeded.
Iodide of Potash, tried next, has mastered the
pain – and, in combination with Anti-Gout
medicine, is already bringing me round.
I hope I shall see you,
when I am able to report myself a little
farther advanced on the way to recovery.
In the mean time, once more thanking
you for your friendly sympathy.
Very truly yours
Walter Lacy (1809-1898) was born Walter Williams. Educated in medicine, he
took to the state as a young man making his London debut in 1838. He was a
member of the Garrick Club and became Professor of Elocution at the Royal
Academy of Music, returning briefly to the state in 1879.