Soon after her husband's death, obscene libels (bearing a political subtext) began to appear against AD
. William Combe
led the way in a couplet satire, The First of April; or, The Triumphs of Folly...
Mary Russell Mitford
A few years later, as a published author, MRM
became friendly with James Perry
(editor of the Morning Chronicle). At his house she met a number of eminent men: politicians Lord Brougham
and Lord Erskine