Correspondence relating to Margaret Gatty (1809-1873), written between1858 and 1869.
(1) Autograph letter signed, Margaret Gatty to Miss Sandars.
'I do not feel myself to belong much to the author race, having begun solate and done so little'; her enormous admiration for [Alfred] Tennyson(1809-1892), and the news that last week she 'had the pleasure of beingin his society for a couple of hours'.
Signed Margaret Gatty.6 Montpellier Terrace, Brighton [Sussex], 17 November 1858.
(2) Autograph letter signed, Margaret Gatty to Lady Maria Hooker(d.1872), widow of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), director ofKew Gardens.
About a botanist asking for her help, which she feels unable to give, 'Ihave no naturalist friends now', and asks Lady Hooker to refer the queryback to her son Dr [Joseph Dalton] Hooker (1817-1911) and Dr [WilliamHenry] Harvy (1811-1866); Margaret Gatty's increasing disability.
Signed Margaret Gatty.Ecclesfield [Sheffield], 10 December 1869.
(3) Autograph letter signed, Margaret Gatty to Miss Thompson.
About collecting botanical specimens, 'Never mind about any anemones ...but some Bryopsis plumosa growing on bits of rock will be invaluable!';whatever she finds or does not find, 'I hope the charming air & placewill do you a great deal of good'; any specimens can be sent 'very fresh and nice in a bit of oil silk'.
Signed Margaret Gatty.Ecclesfield [Sheffield], 3 September 1859.
(4) Autograph letter signed, Margaret Gatty to Louisa.
Sending her autograph and a carte-de-visite photograph. Signed Margaret Gatty. Ecclesfield [Sheffield], 13 March 1864.
(5) Autograph letter signed, Horatia Katherine Frances Gatty to MissBragge.
Enclosing her mother's autograph 'which was written before she had lostthe use of her hands'; asks if Miss Bragge could remember her 'if everyou have a chance or procuring one of W Roebuck's'.
Signed Horatia K F Gatty.Ecclesfield Vicarage, Sheffield, 14 Sep[tember] nd.
(6) Autograph letter signed, Alfred S Scott-Gatty (1847-1918) to MrHaywood.
Apologises for mislaying Haywood's letter; 'With regard to that old song Medicine Jack I must have written in about the year 1868, and I amashamed to say that I not only wrote the words and music but alsodesigned the cover! - The follies of one's youth are always cropping up'.
Signed A. S. Scott-Gatty, Garter.Headed notepaper, Garter King of Arms, College of Arms [London], 12 April1913.
(7) Autograph letter signed, Alfred Gatty (1813-1903) to Mr Bragge.
About a book which Margaret Gatty has borrowed before and wishes toborrow again.
Signed Alfred Gatty.Ecclesfield Vicarage, Sheffield, 1 June 1872.
(8) Autograph letter signed, Margaret Gatty to unidentifiedcorrespondent (incomplete).
About correspondence relating to Aunt Judy’s Magazine, andcollecting stamps; 'I heard a wonderful poem by George Eliot (1819-1880) The Gypsy Queen - a rival of Tennyson's I suppose!'; thanks for the recipient's kindness to Gatty's daughter Undine; apologising for her poorhandwriting, partly through haste, partly 'some nervous muscularfailure', which is affecting her speech as well.
Signed Margaret Gatty, no date.