Correspondence relating to Margaret Gatty, 1858-1913.

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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 songMedicine 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.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margaret Gatty (1809-1873) was the youngest daughter of the Reverend Alexander John Scott (1768-1840), who was private secretary to Nelson and chaplain on HMS Victory. She married Alfred Gatty (1813-1903) in 1839. In 1842 she and her husband published a memoir of her father. She started writing for children in 1851, with The Fairy Godmother, and was the author of Aunt Judy's Tales (1858), one of the most successful mid-Victorian volumes of fiction for children. She also publishedParables from Nature, in five series between 1855 and 1870, Aunt Judy's Letters (1862), and Aunt Judy's Magazine (started in 1866, and continued by her daughter Horatia until 1885). She also published a book on British Seaweeds in 1862, as well as Book of Emblems and Book of Sun Dials in 1872.

For the last ten years of her life she suffered increasing paralysis.

Margaret and Alfred Gatty had six sons and four daughters, including Margaret Scott Gatty, (b.1840), whose granddaughter Rachel Smith donatedto St Andrews University three albums of seaweed specimens collected byMargaret Gatty;

Juliana Horatia Gatty, (1841-1885), their second daughter, who marriedMajor Alexander Ewing in 1867, and also wrote children's stories;

Horatia Katherine Frances, later Mrs Eden, who took over Aunt Judy'sMagazine on the death of her mother, and wrote the biography of hersister Juliana;

Undine Marcia Gatty;

Alfred Scott-Gatty (1847-1918), their third son;

Stephen Herbert Gatty.

Charles Henry Gatty, who donated a large sum of money to the MarineLaboratory at St Andrews University which was subsequently named theGatty Marine Laboratory, was distantly related to Alfred Gatty. CharlesHenry Gatty was the great-grandson of Joseph Gatty and his first wifeJoanna Beard, while Alfred Gatty was the grandson of Joseph Gatty and hissecond wife Jane Hawken.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

(1) Paper: 1 sheet 22.5x17.7cm, folded. Attached to card 15x22.8cmapprox, on which is written 'Mrs Alfred Gatty', and in another hand'Aunt Judy'.

(2) Paper: 1 sheet 22.5x17.8cm, folded.

(3) Paper: 1 sheet 22.6x18.2cm, folded.

(4) Paper: 1 sheet 11.2x17.9cm, and photograph 6x8.8cm, both attached tocard 23.1x30.4cm.

(5) Paper: 1 sheet 20.2x12.7cm, folded. Black border around p.1.

(6) Paper: 1 sheet 20.3x25.4cm

(7) Paper: 1 sheet 11.4x17.8cm

(8) Paper: 1 sheet 11.1x17.8cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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