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28 A William Makepeace Thackeray Chronology December 13 (Fri) Thackeray gives up his chambers in the Middle Temple and moves into a house at 18 Albion Street that his parents have bought. [Ray 1: 271, Ray 5: 168] 23 Writing to his mother, Thackeray says: "I am anxious that the first No, for the year should be a particularly good one as I am going to change the name . . " He also reports being "very comfortably installed in the new house . . " [Ray 1: 271] 28 Thackeray's "Address" is published in The National Standard, 2: 397.

Comically, he argues for the affirmative. " Thackeray, whose tastes favor 18th century literature, argues for the negative. " Thackeray argues for the poetry of passion. [Ray 5:129] In debating "Whether a change of politics in a public character is in any case justifiable" Thackeray argues for the negative. " Thackeray, again with apparent humor, argues for the affirmative—his last known participation in the debating society. [Ray 5: 129] Thackeray's interest in academic subjects declines. The "expensive habits, wh.

I sleep not neither do I eat, only smoke a little & build castles in the clouds; thinking all day of the propriety of a sixieme, boiled beef & soup for dinner, & the possession of the gal of 1811-63 31 my art. . God knows how it will end. . I purpose going from Munich to Venice... —then from Venice if I can effect the thing, I will pass over for a week or so into Turkey. Just to be able to say, in a book wh. I am going to make, that I have been there—after wh. I will go to Rome, Naples, Florence &c .

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