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Mary Jones, writing in the mid and later eighteenth century, is remarkable for publishing her work, although it was written in a private context. She is still under-rated both as a poet and as a letter-writer.
Shortly before 8 March 1707 MJ was born in Oxford, the second of five children, and the only girl. Bibliographic Citation link.
1750 MJ published by subscription at Oxford Miscellanies in Prose and Verse: it seems possible that the unauthorised appearances of her work had first suggested to her the idea of a proper edition. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 March 1761 MJ wrote to thank Ralph Griffiths of the Monthly Review for inviting her to participate in some literary venture or other, but she declined the invitation. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 February 1778 MJ, writer and postmistress of Oxford, died there at 16 Fish Street (now St Aldate's). Bibliographic Citation link.
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