Despite her father’s estrangement from William Thackeray, Katie Dickens had remained on friendly terms with Thackeray.  Several Dickens scholars, including Edgar Johnson and J. W. T. Ley relate how Katie was instrumental in bringing about reconciliation between Thackeray and Dickens.  Katie prevailed upon Thackeray to make the overture, and it is presumed spoke to her father, asking Dickens to accept Thackeray’s hand of friendship.  Shortly thereafter, Thackeray encountered Dickens in the hall of the Athenaeum Club.  Thackeray approached Dickens saying “It is time this silly estrangement should cease and that we should be to each other what we used to be.  Come, shake hands!”  Dickens held out his hand and Thackeray took it. Later Thackeray told Katie “Your father grasped it very cordially and we are friends again, thank God!”  Little more than a week later on Christmas Eve, 1863 Thackeray was dead having suffered a stroke.  On learning of Thackeray’s death, Dickens in a breaking voiced told his friend Fred Stone the news.  Stone replied that he knew how Dickens must feel as he and Thackeray were not on friendly terms.  Dickens replied “Thank God, my boy, we were.”  At the request of Thackeray’s friends and associates, Dickens wrote “In Memoriam” which was published in the February 1864 issue of “The Cornhill Magazine,” the magazine Thackeray had founded.  This is the original orange and black front wrapper from this issue of “The Cornhill Magazine.”