Anne Isabella Thackeray
Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919), writer, and eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackery. In 1863 she published 'The Story of Elizabeth' with great success. Many of her books use folk tales, like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood to explore modern scenarios. In 1877 she married her cousin Richmond Ritchie. Along with her father and sister, Harriet Marian (1840-1875), she visited the Sturgis family on numerous occasions. In a letter to William Webb Follett Synge of Sunday 6th March 1859 she writes of visiting the Mount Felix ball: "The Mount Felix ball this year went off famous. Papa behaved nobly. Took us down dined at Oatlands Pk. Hotel. Went with us stopped till half four slept at OPH. Came back to town next day. ...really liked it as much as last time. I don't know if other people did though & Mrs Sturgis as I was going away said Ah. We wanted Mr Synge to set it going."