[Anne Thackeray [latterly Lady Ritchie], daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Lady Cullam' [sic, for Lady Ann Cullum] explaining for him that they cannot visit as her father is 'prostrate with one of his bad attacks'.

Anne Thackeray [latterly Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie; Anne Thackeray Ritchie] (1837-1919], author and eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray [Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick Hall]
Publication details: 
'Friday' [no date, but between 1854 and 1862]. On embossed letterhead of 36 Onslow Square, S.W. [London]
SKU: 22352

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium of grey paper. Good firm and elegant signature: 'Anne Thackeray'. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces from two labels from mount adhering at head of second leaf. Folded twice. The recipient is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet of Hardwick. She was a regular correspondent of Thackeray's, eight of whose letters were in the same album. The letter begins: 'Dear Lady Cullam [sic] | My Father is prostrate with one of his bad attacks and he has just sent for me to tell me to say to you from him, that it will be quite impossible to get away tomorrow, & how sorry he is, & that he will think himself very lucky if he can leave town on Monday'. Although writing on her father's behalf, she 'must add one little word from his daughter', thanking her for 'asking us too', and telling her 'how much we have looked forward to coming to you'. She hopes they will not be disappointed in future, 'as his attacks rarely last more than three days & once he begins to get better he soon rallies'. The date of the letter is limited to the period during which he lived at 36 Onslow Square, between 1854 and 1862.