To James Stanley Little

19 July 1888



82. Wimpole Street, W.

19 July 1888

Dear sir,
              I beg to enclose

a Postal Order for 10/6

for a ticket for the

Dinner to American

Men and Women of

Letters on the 25th of

this month.


            Faithfully yours


Wilkie Collins


Jas Stanley Little Esq Secy


James Stanley Little was secretary to the Society of Authors 1887-1888. The Society campaigned on copyright issues, particularly for an International Copyright Agreement with the USA. The dinner referred to was for American authors who supported this campaign. It was held at the Criterion restaurant on 25th July. Among those present was Oscar Wilde who objected to being seated next to Lady Colin Campbell who had recently called him 'the great white slug'. Guest of honour was James Russell Lowell, the US Ambassador in London and himself a poet and essayist.

Collins was a Steward and sat at the top table.

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