Jane Haldimand Marcet
Mary’s Grammar: Interspersed with Stories Intended for the Use of Children.
Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans
Marcet (1769–1858) was a popular writer of introductory books on science. She and her husband—the physicist Alexander John Gaspard Marcet, a political exile from Switzerland—maintained a busy literary salon at their house until his premature death in 1822. She then lived with her daughter in Piccadilly and probably wrote this book for her grandchildren: “I have so often pitied children who have been studying grammar which they did not understand.” Yet if she herself had understood the “metaphysical difficulties” involved, she would not “have undertaken the task.”