Mary, Lady Carey (c.1609–c.1680)

Verse and Prose

Meditations and Poetry

Selectively edited in Meditations from the Note Book of Mary Carey 1649-1657, ed. Francis Meynell (Westminster, 1918), and in Kissing the Rod, ed. Germaine Greer et al. (New York, 1988), pp. 156-61.

*CaM 1

Autograph MS. Selectively edited from this MS in Meynell's edition (1918) and in Kissing the Rod (1988). 1653-7.

In the possession of the Meynell family. Recorded in the online Perdita Project as seen by Faith Lanum in 2001.

Private owners in the UK, Lady Carey MS.

CaM 2

Copy, in Charles Hutton's hand, headed ‘Herein is contained my Lady Carey's Meditations, & Poetry’, comprising a dedicatory epistle to her second husband George Payler, a religious dialogue and meditations, and verse, chiefly on the deaths of her children, including (f. 95r) an elegy by Payler, subscribed (f. 117v) ‘January, 12th: 1657. saith Maria Carey always in Christ happy’.

In: A compilation of two sets of works, in the hand of Charles Hutton, prepared as a presentation MS, 166 octavo leaves (plus blanks). Comprising ‘Lady Carey's Meditations, & Poetry’ (ff. 1r-117v) and works by and about Thomas Lord Fairfax. (ff. 118r-66v). 1681.

Recorded in HMC, 5th Report (1876), p. 40, and in HMC, 55 (1901-14), I, 15. Selected extracts from this MS by editors. Also described in the online Perdita Project.

Bodleian, MS Rawl. D. 1308, ff. 2r-117v.