To Richard Edgcumbe, 27 March 1875

ALS to Richard Edgcumbe [Saturday] 27 March 1875. Single sheet, cream laid paper, no watermark, integral blank leaf 175x111mm. Trace of fold. Offprint of modern printed address on reverse blank. Fine.

The Public Face of Wilkie Collins III 81

90, Gloucester Place, 
Portman Square. W.
27th March 1875

Dear sir,
Pray accept my 
thanks for your kind 

I gladly avail 
myself of the honour 
of becoming a member 
of the Committee 
for The Byron Memorial 
- and I will assist, 
to the best of my ability, 
in helping forward 
the object-the 
excellent object, as 
I think-which you 
have in view..

Believe me dear sir
Faithfully yours
Wilkie Collins

Richard Edgcumbe Esqre

Richard John Frederick Edgcumbe (1843-1937), from the family of the Earl and Baron of Mount Edgcumbe, was sergeant-at-arms to Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V. He was a tireless campaigner for a Byron memorial. He wrote a history of Byron's last years and later a pamphlet in which he mentions Wilkie Collins's support for his work. (History of the Byron Memorial, Richard Edgcumbe, London 1883 p.9). There is no evidence that Wilkie was active in the organisation.

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