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Letters to Margaret Maskelyne, 1809 - 1814

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/8

Scope and Contents

Green folder of c 54 letters written to Margaret Maskelyne, marked 'Astronomer's daughter 1809-1813. All to Margaret'. Correspondents include her aunt, Lady Clive, and various family members (a family tree is included). The letters mainly concern domestic and family matters, but also include a description of Paris and the Louvre (1814; letter 19) and remarks on contemporary politics. Many letters are preceded in the file by a note on content.
All items have been numbered according to their original order in the file.


  • 1809 - 1814

Conditions Governing Access

Fragile - please turn pages with great care.

Biographical / Historical

Margaret Maskelyne (1785-1858) was the daughter of Nevil Maskelyne. She lived at the Observatory until her father's death in 1811, developed a keen interest in astronomy, and assisted him with his observations. In 1819 she married Anthony Mervyn Story (1791-1879), who formally changed the family name to Story-Maskelyne in 1845.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (69 pp.)) : Paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many letters are torn. Interleaving sheets include many blank pages.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was on temporary deposit at the British Library before it was acquired by Cambridge University Library from the estate of Mrs Pamela Susan Arnold-Forster in 2015.

Finding aid date

2016-06-17 11:55:16+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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