George William Childs (1829-1894) was an author, bookseller and editor who lived in Philadelphia. Collins visited him there on his American trip and he may have been visited in London by Childsís wife Emma in 1879. Only one sentence in Childsís Recollections refers to Wilkie.

It was through Dickens that I became acquainted with Wilkie Collins, one of the most agreeable men I ever met, and whom I have since entertained in this country. The two families were very intimate, as Mr. Collinsís brother had married Mr. Dickensís daughter.

From Recollections George W. Childs, Philadelphia 1890 p36

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