Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Palmer, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Reynolds
Pseudonym: A Lady
wrote, in the earlier part of the eighteenth century, some lively dialogues which may be the earliest literary writing to use the local dialect of Devon. They remained unpublished for nearly a hundred years. She was said too to have written poetry.
Of her five sisters, Mary (later Palmer)
and Elizabeth (later Johnson) both married and settled in Devon near their childhood home. Mary wrote some interesting dialogues in Devon dialect; Elizabeth wrote a doctrinaire religious treatise...
Those she met in London included the Countess of Huntingdon, religious leader, and Mary Palmer
(dialect writer, sister of Frances Reynolds and Sir Joshua, whom Wheatley calls a poetess, and accomplished lady.