Letters of Anne Thackeray Ritchie: With Forty-Two Additional Letters from Her Father, William Makepeace Thackeray

Letters of Anne Thackeray Ritchie: With Forty-Two Additional Letters from Her Father, William Makepeace Thackeray

Letters of Anne Thackeray Ritchie: With Forty-Two Additional Letters from Her Father, William Makepeace Thackeray

Letters of Anne Thackeray Ritchie: With Forty-Two Additional Letters from Her Father, William Makepeace Thackeray

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In making this selection from my mother's correspondence my aim has been to tell the story of her life. No memoir of her, however, would be complete without a full record of her early years. This is given in her own journal written at the age of seventeen, and in her father's letters where we find an account of his own and his children's daily life, his work, his outlook on the world, and his inner thoughts. My grandfather is seen from an entirely fresh point of view. So little is known, so little has ever been heard of his married life, that it has been decided to publish some of the letters expressing his devotion to his wife, and showing how great was the tragedy that deprived him and his children of her companionship and help. A few passages in which my grandfather alludes to his books, as well as the Christmas sermon to his children, were quoted by my mother in her Biographical Introductions. A word must be said about the copying of his letters. It has seemed of importance to transcribe them exactly as they were written with their amusing and unexpected spelling, contracted words, and peculiar punctuation. His letters to Mrs. Frederick Elliot and Miss Perry were given to me for publication by Mr. Arthur Elliot; I also thank my mother's other friends for all their help.

Of her letters to her father unfortunately only the two printed in this collection have been preserved. In these and in her early journal we see her power of . . .

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