Mary Palmer

Standard Name: Palmer, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Reynolds
Pseudonym: A Lady
Nickname: Molly
Nickname: Polly
MP 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 They remained unpublished for nearly a hundred years.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.


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Family and Intimate relationships Frances Reynolds
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...
Friends, Associates Phillis Wheatley
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.
Duquette, Natasha Aleksiuk. Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women’s Approach to Biblical Interpretation. Pickwick Publications.
Friends, Associates Phillis Wheatley
Her enumeration of those she met in London is impressive, including several noblemen, Benjamin Franklin , the scientist Daniel Solander , the religious poet and hymn-writer Thomas Gibbons , the abolitionist Granville Sharp (who took...
Intertextuality and Influence Agnes Wheeler
She had begun work on this as soon as she moved back north. Her full title is The Westmorland Dialect, In three familiar dialogues, In which an attempt is made to illustrate the provincial idiom...
Residence Frances Reynolds
In late 1779 or 1780 FR actually moved out of her brother's London house to another property he owned, Wick House at Richmond in Surrey.
Ashmore, Helen. “’‘Do Not, My Love, Burn Your Papers’: Samuel Johnson and Frances Reynolds: A New Document”. The Age of Johnson, edited by Paul J. Korshin, Vol.
, pp. 165-94.
Wendorf, Richard, and Charles Ryskamp. “A Blue-Stocking Friendship: The Letters of Elizabeth Montagu and Frances Reynolds in the Princeton Collection”. Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 173-07.
Wendorf, Richard. Sir Joshua Reynolds. Harvard University Press.
She also again spent time back...


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Palmer, Mary. A Devonshire Dialect. Editor Gwatkin, Theophila, G. B. Whittaker and Co., W. Smith; Edward Nettleton, 1839.
Palmer, Mary. A Dialogue in the Devonshire Dialect. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman; P. Hannaford, 1837.