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Damaris Masham, philosophical controversialist of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, was also a memorable writer of familiar letters and witty poetry (both pastoral and satire).
18 January 1658 Damaris Cudworth (later DM) was born in Cambridge, into a large family. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably early 1685 Damaris Cudworth (later DM) addressed to Locke a long poem wittily discussing the relationship between the sexes; she sent it to him more than a year after writing it, with one of her several allusions to Katherine Philips.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1705 DM published, again anonymously, her Occasional Thoughts in Reference to a Vertuous or Christian Life: Abel Boyer erroneously ascribed it to Locke.  Bibliographic Citation link.
20 April 1708 DM died at Bath, aged not yet fifty. Bibliographic Citation link.
1747 A new edition of DM's anonymous Christian Life was published as Thoughts on a Christian Life, attributed to John Locke, Esq.  Bibliographic Citation link.
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