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Mary Mollineux, a Quaker of the later seventeenth century, wrote in prose and poetry all her life. Her surviving prose consists of religious meditations and letters; her poetry, also centred on God and her faith, shows an interest in literary form and a skilled command of style. A cousin collected and published a volume of her writings after her death.
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Probably 1651 Mary Southworth, later MM, was born an only child, most probably in a part of Lancashire which has now been redesignated as Cheshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
1663 This year is the earliest date that MM gave to any of her surviving poems, which means she wrote poetry at about the age of twelve. The poem in question, "On the Fall of Man", placed first in her collected volume, is orthodox in doctrine and well expressed, giving no hint that its author was a child. Bibliographic Citation link.
About 1 December 1695 A week before the onset of her last illness, MM asked her husband to write down for her a couplet she had composed, in Latin, about virtue and its rewards. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 January 1696 MM died in Liverpool, aged only forty-four, quietly, "without any Noise, Sigh, or Groan." Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1702 Seven years after MM died, her Fruits of Retirement: or Miscellaneous Poems, Moral and Divine was published by Tace Sowle (the leading Quaker printer): she had been urged to print, but believed that would be to seek human praise, which she felt "not free" Bibliographic Citation link. to do. Bibliographic Citation link.
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