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Despite shaky spelling and punctuation, Mary Caesar wrote during the early eighteenth century a unique, highly partisan, Jacobite diary or journal, which partakes also of the nature of a memoir, elegy, family history, or commonplace-book. In all it amounts to about 30,000 words.
Shortly before 3 October 1677 Mary Freeman or Freman (later MC) was born at Aspenden Hall in Aspenden, Hertfordshire. She was baptised there on this date. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 May 1724 MC began compiling a manuscript of "commentary on political events and personalities," Bibliographic Citation link.   presented from an intensely Jacobite standpoint, which extended in the course of seventeen years to about 30,000 words. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 2 April 1741 After her husband died, MC closed her book by pasting in his obituary notice and writing: "Alas, there's no Expression / To Tell my Dismal Woe." These words from a bereaved royalist (John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham on his son's death) enact her own silencing. Bibliographic Citation link.     scholarly note link.
July 1741 MC died, just three months after her husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
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