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The Daily Dispatch: January 18, 1865., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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f sub-lieutenant, and received the decoration of the Legion of Honor. He had within the last year or two left France on another expedition into Africa, and he has unfortunately perished in the course of it by a sad accident. The London journals announce the decease of Mrs. Carmichael Smyth, the mother of the late Mr. Thackeray. Her first husband, Richmond Thackeray, the great humorist's father, died at Calcutts in 1815, when his son, William Make peace, was just four years old. Mr. Theodore Taylor, in speaking of the youthful Thackeray, remarks that "the son, after remaining in India for some time with his widowed mother, finally bade adieu forever to that country, and was brought to England in 1817. His mother, who had married Major Carmichael Smith, still survives — a lady of more than eighty years of age, whose vigorous health and cheerful spirits are proverbial in her son's family." Since the decease of her son, however, Mrs. Smyth has not enjoyed her former robust health.