To James T Fields, 25 October 1873


 

My dear Mr Fields,

 

      Incessant interruptions

 

leave me only one moment before

 

post time to say that I hope

 

to be in Boston /early/ next week.

 

      Thank you heartily

 

for your kind letter. Tomorrow

 

or Monday I will write again

 

in greater detail

 

      Yours ever truly

 

          Wilkie Collins

1. James Thomas Fields (1817-81), partner in Boston publishing firm of Ticknor & Fields see [0499] to Frederick Lehmann, 13 November 1862

2. WC returned to New York from Philadelphia on 21 October and stayed at the Westminster Hotel until he left New York for Boston on Tuesday 28th. This letter is written on a Saturday and thus dated 25 October. There is a hint of an engraving presumably of the Hotel on the cut top of the sheet.

3. WC arrived on 28 October and stayed at Tremont House. He dined with Fields and his wife on 29th see Hanes (2008) pp. 40-41 and p. 104.


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