Maria Jane Jewsbury Chronology

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The Oceanides, Edited by Judith Pascoe

Maria Jane Jewsbury Chronology

1795

Great Britain seizes control of the Cape Colony (near present day Cape Town) from the Dutch.

1800

MJJ, born on October 25 at Measham, Derbyshire, to Thomas and Maria (née Smith) Jewsbury.

1818

MJJ’s poem, "Curiosity and Scandal" is published in the Coventry Herald.

Jewsbury family moves to Manchester.

1819

Death of Maria Jewsbury. MJJ assumes responsibility for five younger siblings.

The military attacks a working-class crowd in St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, killing eleven and wounding more than four hundred in what is called the Peterloo Massacre.

1821

MJJ contributes to the Manchester Gazette.

1825

Publication of Phantasmagoria, or Sketches of Life and Character with dedication to William Wordsworth.

MJJ meets Wordsworth and begins of friendship with his daughter Dora.

1826-1827

MJJ suffers long period of poor health.

1828

Publication of Letters to the Young, based on letters of advice MJJ wrote to her younger sister Geraldine and others.

MJJ begins correspondence with Felicia Hemans.

Jewsbury family spends several summer months in close proximity to Hemans’ house in Wales. MJJ writes poems, tales, and sketches for such annuals as Forget-Me-Not, The Anniversary, The Literary Souvenir, The Album, and Friendship’s Offering.

1829

Publication of Lays of Leisure Hours with dedication to Felicia Hemans.

Three-week visit with Wordsworths at Rydal Mount, beginning May 26.

1830

MJJ corresponds with Letitia Landon, and visits London.

Publication of The Three Histories: The History of an Enthusiast, The History of a Nonchalant, and The History of a Realist.

Becomes a contributor to the Athenaeum.

1832

Marries the Reverend William Kew Fletcher, a chaplain in the East India Company, on August 1, in a ceremony held at Penegoes, Wales.

Sets sail from Gravesend on September 19 in the East Indiaman Victory.

Recounts details of trip in "Extracts from a Lady’s Log-Book."

First poem in "Oceanides" sequence is published in the Athenaeum on December 29.

1833

MJJF dies of cholera at Poona, India on October 4.

Last poem in "Oceanides" sequence is published in the Athenaeum on December 28.

1867

William Fletcher dies at Worthing.

Published @ RC

November 2003