To this year belongs one of her only two letters to Swift
that are known to survive, largely taken up with gossip about Lady Suffolk
's leaving her place at Court.
Real, Hermann J. “’To the Dean’: A New Letter by Mary Barber”. Swift Studies, Vol.
, pp. 17-26.
Rumour had it that Pope
was already displeased at EH
's treatment in Caramania of his friend Henrietta Howard
, who was the Prince of Wales's mistress. The enmity begun at this time had long-lasting consequences.
John Wilson Croker
became a lawyer, (moving from Ireland to London after the Act of Union) a Tory
MP, an editor of several eighteenth-century texts (including letters by Lady Hervey
and by Henrietta Howard, Lady Suffolk
He concluded, let Mrs Howard
know that I recommend you to the Queen
Stewart, Wendy. “The Poetical Trade of Favours: Swift, Mary Barber, and the Counterfeit Letters”. Lumen, Vol.
, pp. 155-74.
though he declined to supply a direct introduction to a potential royal patron. Two months later Gay
wrote to Swift...
, later Lady Suffolk, wrote an introspective memorandum on her own relation to the institution of marriage.