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The small but significant literary output of seventeenth-century midwife Elizabeth Cellier amounts to three pamphlets on topical religious, medical, and gender issues, notably including the attempt to establish midwifery as a profession parallel to the male medical professions.
Perhaps about 1630 If, as has been suggested, EC was about fifty when she published Malice Defeated, then she would have been born about this time. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
16 August 1680 The printing of EC's famous pamphlet, Malice Defeated, her account of the false accusation laid against her in the 'Meal Tub Plot', was halted by the Privy Council. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 September 1680 EC was imprisoned in Newgate to await trial at the Old Bailey criminal court for her publication (which Jacob Tonson, reporting this, called "a Libell upon the whole Government." At the same time, by order of the Privy Council, all copies found in her house were seized. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1687 EC published A Scheme for the Foundation of a Royal Hospital . . . and . . . a Corporation of Skilled Midwives . . .. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 January 1688 EC dated her final and most 'feminist' work: To Dr — An Answer to his Queries, Concerning the College of Midwives. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 July 1688 Lady Powis, 'governess' to the infant Prince of Wales, brought the baby to the king with Elizabeth Cellier's Foundling Hospital petition in his hand. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
Perhaps after 1693 Either EC or some relation of hers was alive at St-Germain-en-Laye in France this year; she was said to have outlived her husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
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