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look after your great grandchildren. I He concluded with his usual tenderheartedness:

used you know to hanker after parliament, police magistracies & so forth-but no occupation I can devise is so profitable as


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that wh. I have at my hand in that old inkstand."

After an amusing account of a "Daguerreotypist" who requested that Thackeray "would step over" and have his "mug taken off," which he "declined with thanks," and of an alarm of fire at the Buffalo hotel, he added, "Fancy how I clutched at the desk and the sermons."


years. Have you & the girls any favoured poor? Give them 100 francs with thanks to God for our abundance."

Early in 1853, Thackeray wrote the following letter to Dr. John Brown:

"Charleston, S. C. March 25, 1853. "MY DEAR BROWN-I thought this very day how I would write a letter to Rutland

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From the original, owned by Major William H. Lambert


have been inventing plans for coming to Scotland in the summer, but who knows how Fate will lead a man so many weeks hence. The same post brings me news that my dear old stepfather has had a brain attack from which he has recovered,

pliment, I wish it was driving to the railway to meet me. What is this about my being in love Miss Mackenzie has told you? That was but a very mild attack of the disease; or an infinitesimal dose of similia similibus, I defy the fever pretty

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This and the three following pictures were redrawn in outline, and somewhat differently, for "Our Street."

planters beg and implore any Englishman to go to their estates and see for them selves. I think these four sides of paper might contain all I have got to say regarding the country, which I can't see for the dinners, etc. To-morrow I go to Richmond on my way to New York and thence into Canada; and in July or before I hope to see that old country again which is after all the only country for us to live in,

Soon after his return from the first visit to the United States, Thackeray writes to Miss Holmes, adding a postscript on the inside of the envelop, and on the third sheet draws a sketch of Bulwer and himself standing behind a lady seated at a piano. He writes:

"There is a comfortable Hotel in this street kept by a respectable family man, the charges are Beds gratis, Breakfast,

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