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Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny used her exalted social position as a patron of writers, especially women writers. She was a habitual diarist (though little of her diary survives) and a writer of occasional poetry—for manuscript circulation, or inscription on landscape features, and at least once for print. She chose print for two longer works: a novel and a conduct-book, 1803, made up of letters addressed to her teenage son in about 1780.
1748 or 1749 Mary Clarke, later MLCC, was born, an only daughter. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 1780 Mary Champion de Crespigny wrote the letters to her son William (her only child, then aged about fifteen) which she later published as Letters of Advice from a Mother to her Son. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid August 1796 Mary Champion de Crespigny published her only novel, The Pavilion, in four volumes, with the Minerva Press Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1803 Mary Champion de Crespigny published with Cadell and Davies her Letters of Advice from a Mother to her Son (written more than twenty years earlier), dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury (John Moore). Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1804 The conservative Lady's Monthly Museum carried an adaptation by the miscellaneous writer Mary Pilkington: "Emma: or, A Tale of Woe. Abridged from Mrs. Crespigny's Letters to her Son, and Founded on Fact". Bibliographic Citation link.
After 4 June 1810 MLCC's last known published work was A Monody to the Memory of the Right Honourable the Lord Collingwood, dedicated as a friend to John Jervis, Lord St Vincent. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 July 1812 MLCC died at Richmond House in Richmond (a riverside mansion designed in part by Robert Adam). Bibliographic Citation link.
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