Autograph Letter Signed. On a small folded sheet of stationery, dated “Ecclesfield Oct. 11, 1865. “Dear Madame, Our friend and your cousin Mr. Markham tells me you pay me the compliment of wishing for my autograph. I have much pleasure in complying with the request. I don’t know whether you prefer notes or extracts in your collection. I add an extract [not present] therefore leaving you to insert which you like. Yrs. Margaret Gatty.” Letters by Gaty are uncommon.
Margaret Gatty [1809–1873] was an English children's author and writer on marine biology. Some of her writings argue against Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” She became a popular writer of tales targeted at young people. She used the combination of children's literature and scientific curiosity as a way to argue against the “Origin of Species.” Primarily in Parables from Nature, Gatty could preach to children in a way they enjoyed, in which God and nature were treated concurrently. The publication of the Parables coincided with evolutionary theories, so that her writing influenced children's attitudes towards science. Gatty wrote “British Sea Weeds.” This illustrated book, published in 1872, was the outcome of 14 years of work and described 200 species. Gatty amassed a large collection of marine material that was donated to Weston Park Museum. Several species of seaweed are named after her, including the Australian monospecific. Item #57137
Very Good (usual mailing folds).