(1784–1847) Poet, born in Kendal. Her most notable volume is her first, Poetical Effusions (1814), published ‘to assist the humble labours of herself and her orphan sisters’. William Wordsworth features on the volume's subscription list (as do Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey), and her poetry shares the pleasure of her fellow Lake District poets in the natural world. Though sometimes melancholic, her tone lacks the air of despair evident in the work of her more famous predecessor Charlotte Smith.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.