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Mary Sewell wrote during the nineteenth century, predominantly in verse, often in ballad form, to instruct and improve children and members of the working classes. Her poems combine simplicity of language and structure with clear moral and religious instruction. Much of her work was first published in pamphlet or tract form and found wide distribution through middle-class philanthropic work with the poor. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 April 1797 Mary Wright, later MS, was born at Sutton in Suffolk, the third among seven children. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 1820 MS wrote her first book, "Walks With Mama". Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1860 MS published Mother's Last Words: A Ballad. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 June 1884 MS died of congestion of the lungs at the White House, Old Catton in Norfolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
1889 Mrs Mary Bayly (whose daughter had already printed a memoir of MS) published The Life and Letters of Mrs. Sewell; it went into a sixth edition in 1892.  Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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