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James Henry Mangles Diary

Manuscript Collection No.134
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1 vol. in 1 box. 1870-1872.

Provenance: The Ohio University Library Division of Archives and Special Collections acquired The Diary of James Henry Mangles in 1971. Bo C. Hartford processed the diary in April 1990.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library claims the property rights to this diary.

Copyrights: The Ohio University Library claims the copyrights and/or literary rights as may apply to this diary. Consideration of all other copyrights and possible literary rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name and number and Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

Related Materials: James Henry Mangles, The Diary of James Henry Mangles, edited with an introduction by Earl A. Knies. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1984.

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James Henry Mangles was born in 1832, the eldest son of Charles Edward and Rose Mangles of Poyle Park, Surrey, England. Mangles was educated at Brighton College and East India College and served for seven years in the Bengal Civil Service. He returned to England in 1858. Trained in Law his real mark was, nevertheless, made in horticulture; he became famous in the horticultural world for the rhododendrons he grew. After being elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1874, he also served as an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He contributed some twenty-three notes and articles to gardening magazines between 1879 and 1884. Mangles died in August 1884 at the age of fifty-two.

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The Diary of James Henry Mangles was discovered at Valewood, Mangles' estate, in 1961, in an outbuilding once used as a laundry room. When found, the diary was soaking wet. Fortunately, after careful drying, the ink survived, and the text is still readable. The diary consists of approximately fifty pages and was recorded in a ledger previously used as a scrapbook for newspaper clippings from the 1790s. The clippings still remain today in the diary.

Mangles' friendship with Alfred Lord Tennyson went back to 1870 when Tennyson's strong desire to avoid the public eye and to maintain some privacy brought him to Sussex, where he had the estate 'Aldworth' built, and became a neighbor of Mangles. The many conversations between the two friends during dinnner and evening hours were recorded by Mangles, and came to form the main content of the diary. Their discussions deal with all aspects of life and reveal the whole range of Tennyson's exceptionally broad interests and took place between 1870 and 1872.

Source: James Henry Mangles, The Diary of James Henry Mangles, edited with an introduction by Earl A. Knies. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1984.

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  • Folder 1 - 1 volume
  • Folder 2 - Miscellaneous items found in the volume: dried flower, photo, stamp (c.1864) (3).

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