To Anne Benson Procter, 11 April 1876



90, Gloucester Place,
Portman Square. W.

11th April 1876

My dear Mrs Procter,

I have had the gout

again in the eye

and I am only allowed

to write you two or

three lines, now that

I am getting better.

I rejoice to hear that

you have found the

right place at last

– and in such a good

situation. When you




are settled I shall hope

to present myself without

a black patch over my

eye. The gout stopped

“The Two Destinies” at

half a number – which

 will appear next month.

I am glad you like it.


yours afftly



Wilkie refers to what is presumably her new home in the recently built Queen Anne’s Mansions in Petty France, Westminster, where the 1881 Census records her as living with her daughter Edith. Her husband Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874) had died eighteen months earlier.

The Two Destinies was serialised in Temple Bar from January to September 1876. The first four parts led each issue and were 23, 23, 25 and 26 pages long. The May part was just 13 pages long and the following parts were 17, 17, 20, and 25 pages long. In effect, Wilkie spread the remainder over seven months rather than six.

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