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17s 6d for the story. Very favourable review of Rambles appears in the Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres: 159–161. CD writes Augustus Egg (1816–1863: AE), painter, theatrical enthusiast, “I think you told me that Mr. Wilkie Collins would be glad to play any part in Bulwer’s Comedy,” Not So Bad As We Seem, “and I think I told you that I considered him a very desirable recruit. ” 42 A Wilkie Collins Chronology 12 (Wed) 18 (Tue) 24 (Mon) 25 (Tue) 31 (Mon) CD and WC meet for the first time, when WC dines with CD and attends a reading of Not So Bad at the Lincoln’s Inn home of John Forster (1812–1876), CD’s friend for more than 30 years and his leading contemporary biographer.

Has made definite plans to return home. ) Diligence for Boulogne on the 13th” WC hopes to be back home on Tuesday 14 October and back at work “on the morning of the 15th” (L, I, 26–30, 32–36). December WC writes in Memoirs: “with study for the mind and suffering for the body, ended for my father ‘the old year’” (II, 282). 1846 March 26 (Thurs) Introduced by WMC, WC issued his first British Museum reader’s ticket. April 2 (Thurs) WC helping WMC to prepare pictures for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the final one at which he will exhibit.

30 A Wilkie Collins Chronology 29 (Thurs) WC writes George Richmond, RA (1809–1896), WMC’s friend, “whose practical and theoretical acquirements in…Art well fitted him to be the valuable and welcome companion” of WMC’s visit in 1838 to Rome (Memoirs, II, 130). WC understands that Richmond by furnishing [WC] with [his] personal recollections of his opinions on Art, and of himself,” plus copies of any letters. ” The Linnells married in 1817 (CL, I, 15–16). July 25 (Sun) August 2 (Mon) WC resumes writing Antonina.

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