12 March 1799
Mary Botham (later MH) was born at Whitecliffe
in the Forest of Dean
, Gloucestershire, the second in a family of three daughters and a son.
By 22 February 1834
MH published The Seven Temptations
, which she thought "her best and most original work"; the same year came Sketches of Natural History
, which contains her best-remembered short piece: "The Spider and the Fly"
30 January 1888
MH died of bronchitis in Rome
, aged eighty-eight, three weeks after her audience with Pope Leo XIII