GURNEY, Anna. 13147



Autograph Letter Signed, to an unnamed correspondent, thanking him for sending the “excellent stockings”, and reporting family news. 3¼ pages 7½ x 4½ inches, remains of guard, in good condition. Northrepps Cottage, Cromer [Norfolk], 12 November, no year given. Uncommon. Anna Gurney (1795-1857), Old English scholar and author of A Literal Translation of the Saxon Chronicle (1819), although she mastered six or seven languages and was an important translator of Daniel Solander, the Swedish botanist. She was the first female member of the British Archaeological Association, a prison reformer, and a noted anti-slavery campaigner. From 1825 she lived with her first cousin, Sarah Buxton (d.1839), sister of the politician and philanthropist Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. In this letter Anna Gurney reports that Hannah Backhouse “is returned from America & is now with her mother my Aunt Gurney near Norwich”. She adds: “I am sorry that the very short stay Miss Buxton and I were able to make in Edinburgh last summer (only one night) prevented our having the pleasure of calling on Mr. Cruickshank.”