4 pages, 12mo, tipped to a larger sheet. "...WE WHO WRITE BOOKS MUST REMEMBER THAT AMONG OUR READERS ARE HONEST CHILDREN..." A charming letter to a young American, written during Thackeray's American tour: "I have very great pleasure in sending you my signature; and am never more grateful when I hear honest boys like my books...As I got into the railroad car to come hither from Boston, there came up a boy with a basket of books to sell, and he offered me one and called out my own name; and I bought the book, pleased by his kind face and friendly voice, wh. seemed as it were to welcome me & my own children to this country. And as you are the first American boy who has written to me, I thank you and shake you by the hand, & hope Heaven may prosper you. We who write books must remember that among our readers are honest children, and pray the Father of all of us to enable us to see and speak the Truth. Love & Truth are the best of all; pray God that young & old we may try and hold by them...." With Thomas Madigan's pamphlet A Letter From Mr Titmarsh, Christmas 1852, describing this letter. " /> THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPIECE. Autograph letter signed ("W.M. Thackeray") to a young boy ("My dear Sir"), New York, 19 December 1852. <I>4 pages, 12mo, tipped to a larger sheet</I>. "...WE WHO WRITE BOOKS MUST REMEMBER THAT AMONG OUR READERS ARE HONEST CHILDREN..." A charming letter to a young American, written during Thackeray's American tour: "I have very great pleasure in sending you my signature; and am never more grateful when I hear honest boys like my books...As I got into the railroad car to come hither from Boston, there came up a boy with a basket of books to sell, and he offered me one and called out my own name; and I bought the book, pleased by his kind face and friendly voice, wh. seemed as it were to welcome me & my own children to this country. And as you are the first American boy who has written to me, I thank you and shake you by the hand, & hope Heaven may prosper you. We who write books must remember that among our readers are honest children, and pray the Father of all of us to enable us to see and speak the Truth. Love & Truth are the best of all; pray God that young & old we may try and hold by them...." With Thomas Madigan's pamphlet <I>A Letter From Mr Titmarsh, Christmas 1852</I>, describing this letter. | Christie's