To John Palgrave Simpson

ALS to John Palgrave Simpson. Single sheet of blue machine made paper, no watermark, 179x226mm, folded, integral blank, 1 cm tear on first page down fold not affecting text. Dated [Friday] 24 June 1881.

The Public Face of Wilkie Collins III 299.

[90, GLOUCESTER PLACE,
PORTMAN SQUARE. W.]

24th June 1881

My dear Palgrave Simpson

If you happen to
be in the neighbourhood
of the Athenaeum
on the day of the
ballot -- Monday
next, between 4
and 6 -- will you
oblige me by voting
for my friend,
Mr Charles Kent?
I have seconded
him -- in the
place of poor Dickens.

Always truly yours
Wilkie Collins

Palgrave Simpson Esq

NOTES
The Athanaeum club in Pall Mall was founded in 1824. Wilkie's father William Collins was a founder member and Wilkie was elected in April 1861 and remained a member until his death. 

Charles Kent (1823-1902) was a friend of Collins and an admirer of Dickens. 

John Palgrave Simpson (1807-1887), was a novelist and travel writer who was a friend of Collins. Several letters to him are extant.


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