Lady Shelley’s activities as keeper of the family archive and protector of Shelley’s and Mary’s reputations were supported by Richard Garnett, a librarian at the British Museum. Garnett advised her in her dealings with scholars, biographers and the poet’s surviving friends, and promoted her point of view in a forthright, sometimes uncritical manner in print. Garnett edited some of Shelley’s fragmentary poems, published in 1862 as Relics of Shelley, but he turned down Lady Shelley’s invitation to write the first full-length biography of the poet (a task that eventually fell to Edward Dowden).
Garnett was a dedicated astrologer, articulating his beliefs (under the anagram ‘A.G. Trent’) in an article entitled ‘The soul and the stars’. He cast hundreds of horoscopes for friends and literary figures, and very likely Shelley’s horoscope shown here. There are also horoscopes in the same hand for Mary Shelley and Sir Percy Shelley in the family papers (MS. Abinger c. 65, fol. 2).
Sir Percy and Lady Shelley; (bequest, 1889) Lady Shelley; (bequest, 1899) Shelley Scarlett (later 5th Baron Abinger) and/or Robert Scarlett (later 6th Baron Abinger); (bequest, 1917) Robert Scarlett, 6th Baron Abinger; (bequest, 1927) Hugh Scarlett, 7th Baron Abinger; (bequest, 1943) James Scarlett, 8th Baron Abinger; (bequest, 2002) James Scarlett, 9th Baron Abinger; (purchase, 2004) Bodleian.
Alan Bell, ‘Garnett, Richard (1835–1906)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33334, accessed 20 Oct 2010]