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with a little money for those young ladies. mother and you two girls. And I think, if I I hope to send you 'Henry Esmond' be- have luck, I may secure nearly a third of the fore I sail; if not it will follow me as a sum that I think I ought to leave behind legacy."

me by a six months' tour in the States."

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To his eldest daughter, now Lady For fellow-passengers aboard the CanRitchie, he also wrote of the voyage: ada, Thackeray had James Russell Lowell,

"I must and will go, not because I like fresh from his first visit to Italy, and Arit, but because it is right I should secure thur Hugh Clough, the English poet, who, some money against my death for your as a youth, had spent several years in the

“If my

United States. After a rough voyage, the of Arthur Hallam, who inspired Tennysteamer reached Boston on Friday, No- son's “In Memoriam.” For many years vember 10, and six days later Thackeray Thackeray was Mrs. Brookfield's constant arrived at the Clarendon Hotel, on the correspondent when absent from London. corner of Fourth Avenue and Eighteenth She died very suddenly of heart failure in Street, New York, replaced in 1910 by a 1901, and to the last was fond of speaklofty office building. An eager audience ing of "dear Thackeray,” who sent her of about twelve hundred filled every seat many letters written in the United States. in Dr. Bellows's church on Broadway, be- Her only daughter married the elder brolow Prince Street,

ther of Sir Richmond when Thackeray

Thackeray Ritchie, gave his first lecture

husband of Lady on the English hu


Ritchie. In his first morists, his subject

letter from the being Swift.

Clarendon to NIrs. Five years later

Brookfield, the deThackeray met his

lighted novelist, with old friend James E.

slight exaggeration, Freeman, an Amer

stated that he was ican artist whom he

receiving for his had known in Rome,

lectures “almost a and said to him:

pound a minute!" “Since I saw you

From Buffalo, on last I have been lec

December 29, 1852, turing in your vast

Thackeray wrote to and wonderful coun

his mother, Mrs. try, and my visits

Carmichael Smyth: were well repaid. I

health was delighted with

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holds out I must go both nature and

on money-grubbing man in America, and

for some months to I gained the first

They have money that I have


nearly ever been able to put

1600£ in 2 months aside for the future.

of wh. I have spent But I very much

200 in travellingfear I shall not be

it is awfully dear able to repeat my

work --next month visits with equal suc

will be another profTHACKERAY READING ONE OF HIS cess, inasmuch as in

itable month-afterLECTURES, “THE FOUR GEORGES." one of my lectures I

wards in the South spoke of your im

not so much profit mortal Washington

but more pleasure as Mr. Washington. Do you believe your for February & March-afterwards profit countrymen will ever forgive me?”

again & afterwards-Oh ye Gods, won't Among women, Mrs. Jane Octavia I be glad to come back leaving 500 £ Brookfield was Thackeray's dearest friend. a year behind me [invested] in this She was the wife of the Rev. William country! Then grim death will not look Henry Brookfield, a Cambridge classmate so grim. Then the girls will have someand lifelong friend, and is believed to have thing to live upon or

to bestow upon suggested the character of Lady Castle- the objects of their young affectionswood in “Henry Esmond,” who has then, when the house is paid for, we may been described as “ perhaps the finest pic- live and take things easily- then, when I ture of splendid, lustrous physical beauty have written 2 more novels, for wh. I ever given to the world.” Mrs. Brook- shall get 5000£ apiece-why then, at 50, field, a portrait of whom accompanies this I shall be as I was at 21. You will be article, was a famous beauty and a cousin only a young person of 69 then, and will



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that wh. I have at my hand in that old years. Have you & the girls any favoured inkstand."

poor? Give them 100 francs with thanks After an amusing account of a “Da- to God for our abundance." guerreotypist" who requested that Thack- Early in 1853, Thackeray wrote the eray "would step over" and have his "mug following letter to Dr. John Brown: taken off," which he “declined with thanks,” and of an alarm of fire at the Charleston, S. C. March 25, 1853. Buffalo hotel, he added, “Fancy how I “MY DEAR BROWN-I thought this very clutched at the desk and the sermons.” day how I would write a letter to Rutland


Street, Edinburgh, and shake hands with but at seventy-two my mother will not some friends there: and behold this morn- like to be away from him nor the children ing your letter comes and remembrances to be away from her, and when I go home pleasant and sorrowful of you all. I hope it must be to them. So Dr. Last drives indeed and indeed your wife is better. I in his chariot now! so lui fais mon com

the day after the

P.5: Somebody had told
the purch that they might aile
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take a liberty

then the girls told me that they hand written to

had you

to ask. Whether they hast night bring partner - their fathen uually benevolent countenance looked as black an Thereder.

After the ball this morning Minuny day, Well, Papa, I think it was very imprudent of us to think of arting to bring parties to such a

ball .

Why it was the most beautiful
Thing I ever saw.

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have been inventing plans for coming to pliment, I wish it was driving to the railScotland in the summer, but who knows way to meet me. What is this about my how Fate will lead a man so many weeks being in love Miss Mackenzie has told hence. The same post brings me news you? That was but a very mild attack of that my dear old stepfather has had a the disease; or an infinitesimal dose of brain attack from which he has recovered, similia similibus, I defy the fever pretty

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