From Memories of London in the ‘Forties (Edinburgh and London, 1908) pp. 243–8. Masson (1822–1907), a Scotsman, now best remembered for his great Life of Milton (1859–80), was first editor of Macmillan’s Magazine, 1859–67, and Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh, 1865–95. Earlier he had accomplished much editorial, scholarly and critical work. Living from 1847 to 1865 in London, where he held the Chair of English Literature at University College, 1853–65, he became friendly with Carlyle, Jerrold, Thackeray and other literary figures. For him, writes his daughter Flora, Thackeray always remained ‘a man apart … a head taller than all his fellows’, and she recalls his spending Christmas Day 1863 ‘writing, writing, late into the night’ an obituary of him for the Daily Telegraph, with the printer’s devil waiting —Cornhill Magazine, n.s. xxx (1911) 798–9. In the present chapter of his Memories, ‘A London Club’, he recalls how former members of the defunct Museum Club, led by Douglas Jerrold, established ‘Our Club’. After Jerrold’s death in 1857, Thackeray became its dominant figure.
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