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Mary Carey wrote in prose and verse, in the mid seventeenth century, about her spiritual life and her trials (notably, the deaths of her children).
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Between 1609 and 1612 From her own references to her age, Mary Jackson (later MC) must have been born some time during these years. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 February 1648 MC wrote the earliest surviving piece in her volume, a long prose "Dialogue betwixt the Soule, and the Body", on the occasion of her third son's death. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
8 December 1650 MC wrote, at Covent Garden, London, a poem "on the death of my 4th, & only Child, Robert Payler". Bibliographic Citation link.
12 May 1652 MC wrote a short poem on the death of her fifth child, Peregrine. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
31 December 1657-12 January 1658 MC, who now had two children living, wrote a long poem "Upon ye Sight of my abortive Birth". Bibliographic Citation link.
After December 1680 MC died, probably in her seventies. She had outlived every one of her children, even the two who reached adulthood. Bibliographic Citation link.
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