Thackeray's Letters to an American Family

Thackeray's Letters to an American Family

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Thackeray's Letters to an American Family

Thackeray's Letters to an American Family

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In the early days of November, 1852, my father, to his own great surprise, found himself shaking hands with the great English novelist in the parlors of the Clarendon Hotel, New York. The reading public had been much interested and excited by the news that Thackeray was coming to America to deliver a course of lectures on the English humorists. We had talked of it eagerly at home, having but lately read "Esmond," and having discussed in a lively fashion, as was usual in our family circle, the merits and demerits of Lady Castlewood, Beatrix, and the young Harry. We had made plans for securing seats for the lectures, which were to be given under the auspices of the Mercantile Library Association, whose president at that time was Mr. Willard Felt. We had no idea of having any familiar intercourse with the famous author of "Vanity Fair." Indeed, we should have been almost alarmed at so ambitious a suggestion.

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