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Elizabeth Bury was a seventeenth-century woman whose religious background (radical Anglican, which after the Restoration became Dissenting) encouraged her to acquire a scholarly education. Her spiritual life embraced the practice of diary- and letter-writing as well as extemporary prayer, and after her death her widower published a volume of memoirs which mediated and preserved all that survives of her work in these genres.
About 2 March 1644 Elizabeth Lawrence (later EB) was born at Clare in Suffolk, the second of four children, of whom the only boy died young.  Bibliographic Citation link.
Round about 1662 Elizabeth Lawrence (later EB) seems to have been somewhere between eighteen and nineteen when she began keeping a spiritual diary, which at first, for privacy, she wrote in shorthand. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 October 1704 Elizabeth Bury recorded in her diary that a "poor Woman died in a Barn alone, too much neglected by the Parish." Bibliographic Citation link.
11 May 1720 EB died at Bristol: she had been struck with acutely painful deafness, followed by fever and 'lethargy' . Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
After 22 May 1720 EB's widower published at Bristol An Account of the Life and Death of Mrs Elizabeth Bury (who had died on 11 May), with lavish excerpts from her diary and some from her letters. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
3 March 1722 The London Mercury printed a piece about EB's life and death, drawn from Samuel Bury's Account. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 May 1730 A fourth edition appeared of Samuel Bury's An Account of the Life and Death of Mrs Elizabeth Bury (containing her surviving writing, primarily her diary). Bibliographic Citation link.
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