BROWNE, Mary Ann 17783



Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas MacKinlay, returning proofs, sundry mistakes now corrected, sending the volume she mentioned, confirming that there is no chance of inserting the prose story, but reluctantly agreeing to write a Preface for the book she returns, discussing publication, etc. 2 pp. 7 x 4 inches, in good condition. Stanley Crescent, Liverpool, 4 September 1831. Uncommon. Mary Ann Browne (afterwards Gray) (1812-1844) published her first volume of poems at the age of fifteen and went on to have a successful career as a writer of both prose and verse, publishing frequently in the literary annuals. In 1842 she was married to Mr. James Gray, a nephew of James Hogg; she died in Cork in 1844. “Do not make any apologies about the matter …do you think I know nothing of the torments of an Editorship? And do you think me unreasonable, woman though I am, to be angry about a thing of so little consequence, and which moreover you could not help? I am not especially clever at Preface writing but if you want me for the accompanying volume I must try and do my best.”