Chapter 8


Diary of Shirley Brooks, 1864. MS Eng 601.20.

Diary of Shirley Brooks, 1864.

Thackeray and writer Shirley Brooks had been close friends since Thackeray’s Punch days in the 1830s. Following Thackeray’s death, Brooks worked tirelessly to erect a bust of his friend in Westminster Abbey. Brooks’s diary from 1864 records these efforts. The monument was finally erected in November of 1864.
MS Eng 601.20. Purchased with the Evert Jansen Wendell bequest, 1918.