Excerpt from The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
In 1837 Thackeray married Isabella Shawe (1818 the daughter of an Indian colonel. Three daughters were born, of whom the eldest became afterwards known as Miss Thackeray the novelist. An illness in 1840 affected Mrs. Thackeray's mind, and she never recovered. It became necessary for her to be placed under suitable guardianship, her children were sent away to their grandmother in Paris, and, Thackeray's home was for a time broken up.
In 1840 appeared the Paris Sketch-book, a reprint of articles already published in various periodicals, and the next year saw another collection of Comic Tales and Sketches. About the same time his connection with Punch began, and much of his best work is to be found in the volumes of that paper. He was new struggling to gain a footing in literature, and chieﬂy by means of his contributions to Punch he was enabled to set up his home again and to bring back his children from Paris in 1846.
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