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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