Testimony of Alfred Wood

Wood  was examined by Horace Avery

Wood: I was formerly a clerk.  In January 1893, I was not in any occupation.  I first knew Taylor about that time.
Avory: When did you go to Little College Street to live?
W: In January, 1893.  I stayed there about three weeks.
A:  Where did you sleep there?
W: In the same room with Taylor.  There was only one bed there.
A:  When did you first get to know Wilde?
W:  About a month after I made the acquiantance of Taylor.
A:  How did you come to know Wilde?
W:  I was introduced to him by a gentleman at the Cafe Royal.
A:   Who was the gentleman?
W:  Must I give the name?
A:   Yes.
W:  Lord Alfred Douglas.
A:   What took place when you were introduced to Wilde?
W:  Mr. Wilde was sitting down.  He spoke to me first.  He asked, "Are you Alfred Wood?"  I said, "Yes."  Then he offered me something to drink and I had something; and then he invited me to go round to the Florence in Rupert Street for dinner.  I went with him and we dined in a private room.
A:   What kind of meal was it?
W:  Very nice, one of the best to be got.
A:  What wine did you have?
W:  Champagne.  After dinner I went with Mr. Wilde to 16 Tite Street.  There was nobody in the house to my knowledge.  Mr. Wilde let himself in with a latchkey.  We went up to a bedroom where we had hock and selzer.  Here an act of grossest indecency occurred.  Mr. Wilde used his influence to induce me to consent.  He made me nearly drunk.[testimony censored.]....Afterwords I lay on the sofa with him.  It was a long time, however, before I would allow him to actually do the act of indecency.
A:  Did he give you any money that night?
W:  Yes, at the Florence.  About £3 I think it was.  He said he thought I must need some money to buy some things with.  The money was given me before any suggestion about going to Tite Street....
A:  Did you ever meet Wilde again?
W:  He once came to my room in Langham Street.
A:  Did you know he was coming?
W:  Yes.
A:  How did you know?
W:  He came by appointement.  He took me out to buy a present.  He bought me a half-dozen shirts, some collars, and hankerchiefs, and a silver watch and chain.  Before he took me out we had some tea.
A:  Up to what time did your acquaintanceship with Wilde go on?
W:  Up to the end of March.
A:  How did it cease?
W:  I told Mr. Taylor that I would like to get away from a certain class of people.  I think I mentioned it to Mr. Wilde, who gave me £30.  I saw him at Taylor's rooms.
A:  What took place between you?
W:  Mr. Wilde asked me if I wanted to go away to America.  I said, Yes," and then he said he would give me the money.  He said, "You have some letters I should like to get back," and he gave me £30.
A:  Was it a fact that you had any letters of his in your possession?
W:  Yes.  I don't remember how many.
A:  Did the letters belong to you?
W:  No.  They were letters I found in some clothes Lord Alfred Douglas had given me.  They were letters from Mr. Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas.

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