I have been requested by my poor Sister <1> to write to you to inform you of the severe affliction wh has lately befallen her in the death of her dear Husband, <2> & should have done so last week but I was unavoidably prevented.
You will I think be glad to hear that her health has not materially suffered from the many many anxious months of watching night and day which she has had, though it must be long ere her mind can become reconciled to her loss, she is however bearing up with the greatest fortitude & resignation. She is obliged to seek a home elsewhere & as her income is only £300 a year, she is therefore most anxious to do her utmost to educate her two sons as economically as possible, & is exerting herself to obtain a Presentation <3> to the Charter House, Should you be able to assist her in any way with the Governors, She feels sure you will not forget her & I need not add how grateful we shall feel to you for such assistance She begs me to give her love to you, & believe me,
my dear Sir Yrs truly
1. Mary Anne Thackeray, nιe Shakespear (17931850); WHFT's cousin.
2. Francis Thackeray (17931842), author.