Chapter 1


Thackeray, undated “Stanzas to Mary” manuscript in Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond (London: Bradbury & Evans, 1849). *EC85.T3255.848gb (C)

Thackeray writes “Stanzas to Mary,” undated.

In 1820, Thackeray’s orphaned cousin Mary Graham came to live with Captain and Mrs. Carmichael-Smyth. Four years his junior, she became very close with him , and he later used her as a model for the character of Laura in Pendennis. Displayed here is a poem written by Thackeray to Mary in 1829 or 1830. “Bill” was Thackeray; the “Ned” of the poem is Edward FitzGerald, Thackeray’s Cambridge classmate and close friend.

*EC85.T3255.848gb (C). Gift of William B. Osgood Field, 1942.