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Mary, Lady Chudleigh, was a versatile writer who began publishing during her middle age. Her poems and essays are earnest on religious topics but vividly dramatic in feminist debate. She wrote letters which were not for publication. Her surviving works are merely the tip of the iceberg. She reached print late in life: though she published in the eighteenth century, she must have written a great deal before that century began.
By 19 August 1656 Mary Lee (later MLC) was born, the eldest of four siblings, of whom only she and one brother survived. Bibliographic Citation link.
Before December 1697 Mary, Lady Chudleigh, wrote a poem in praise of Dryden's translation of Virgil, which was about to be published. It seems that she would not allow her tribute to be printed with her name, so it was left out of the volume. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 February 1701 Mary, Lady Chudleigh, publicly took issue with the conspicuous misogyny of the Rev. John Sprint, in a dialogue poem or answer, The Ladies Defence, published this day. Bibliographic Citation link.
About October 1710 Mary, Lady Chudleigh, published, with her name, Essays upon Several Subjects in Prose and Verse, dedicated to Princess Sophia of Brunswick. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
15 December 1710 Mary, Lady Chudleigh, died, not long after a period staying at the house of an Exeter doctor for treatment. Bibliographic Citation link.
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