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Ritchie, Lady Anne Isabella, 1837-1919 (née Thackeray, writer)

 Person

Biography

Anne Isabella, Lady Ritchie (1837–1919), writer, was born on 9 June 1837 in London, the elder surviving daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) and his wife, Isabella Gethin Creagh Shawe (1816–1893). Beginning with a piece of journalism published in the 'Cornhill Magazine', Annie's first novel, 'The Story of Elizabeth' was published in 1863. This was followed by the publication of several novels over a 25-year period ending with 'Mrs Dymond' in 1885. Annie surprised everybody by marrying, on 2 August 1877, her cousin Richmond Thackeray Willoughby Ritchie (1854–1912), seventeen years her junior. Despite the difference in years, the marriage was a success, and produced two children, Hester and Billy. After the publication of 'Mrs Dymond' Annie confined herself to reminiscences, belles lettres, and the editing of her father's works. Richmond enjoyed a distinguished career as a civil servant at the India Office, and was awarded a KCB in 1907 and a permanent under-secretaryship before dying prematurely of pneumonia in 1912. Having survived the First World War, when the windows of her house in Chelsea were blown in by an enemy bomb, Annie died on 20 February 1919 at her home on the Isle of Wight.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence from Anne Thackeray

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8954/149-150
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Letters mostly to Clark, with some to his wife Frances Clark (d.1908), Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) and others, mainly routine in nature, and collected for their autograph value. Another volume, containing letters of scientists, was not acquired. The original numbering in each volume has been retained; in this catalogue the letters are grouped by subject.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from Anne Ritchie to [?]

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8954/121
Scope and Contents

General news

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Letter from Sir Arthur William Buller to Anne Isabella Thackeray; Great Marlow, 11 Dec. 1859-12 Dec. 1859 (letter dated 'Sunday'; date of letter and year of printed slip inferred)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9546/5
Scope and Contents The letter bears annotations by William Makepeace Thackeray rendering the text into verse. With an annotated printed slip [from Thackeray, as editor of 'The Cornhill Magazine'] to Buller. Buller's letter invites Miss Thackeray, her father and her sister to stay at his house Westhorpe at Great Marlow, with details of local transport and of his family. Thackeray's slip jocularly thanks Buller for an article entitled 'an Invitation' and says that he thinks, with alterations, that it may be...
Dates: 11 Dec. 1859-12 Dec. 1859 (letter dated 'Sunday'; date of letter and year of printed slip inferred)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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RITCHIE, Anne, 26 Jan. 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10286/1/61
Scope and Contents

Single letter from Anne Ritchie to Ida Darwin dated 26 January 1914 congratulating Ida on the birth of her second grandchild, Thomas Erasmus, on 23 January.

Dates: 26 Jan. 1914
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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