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William Makepeace Thackeray Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Title: William Makepeace Thackeray Letter
Inclusive Dates: 24 Dec 1852
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: One letter from the English novelist, writing from Boston to "Neighbor Barlow" in Kensington, about his success in the New World.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was an English novelist, known for his social satire and parody. Well known works by Thackeray include Vanity Fair, Pendennis and The Virginians.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Makepeace Thackeray Letter consists of one letter from the English novelist, writing from Boston to "Neighbor Barlow" in Kensington, about his success in the New World.

The letter sends holiday greetings, and Thackeray writes of the financial success of his venture to America: "I am making and keeping a great deal of money (1500 £ say in 6 weeks and plenty more in prospect)." He encloses money for Barlow, with the hope of securing assistance for "a few people at Kensington to buy beef and coals."

Describing his reception by Americans, Thackeray writes:

The kindness I meet with here is such as to take me quite aback. I have had the pleasantest time, made the most delightful friends, shall leave behind me and carry away with me the kindest feelings please God -- and if I say a word buy of peace and friendship between the two countries, may I choke over the dinner these generous folks give me and mine!

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Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings

Persons

Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863.

Subjects

Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence.

Genres and Forms

Correspondence.

Occupations

Authors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Makepeace Thackeray Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of George and Lena Arents, 1973.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996
Revision history: 13 May 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Inventory

Correspondence
SC 137 Barlow ("Neighbor Barlow") 24 Dec 1852

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