The title page also provides the folloing information: "WITH ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS DERIVED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS, ILLUSTRATIVE NOTES AND A MEMOIR
By W. MOY THOMAS."
Quoted from the "Preface."
"The present edition of the works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu comprises the contents of the edition in three volumes published by Lord Wharncliffe in 1837, including the Introductory
Anecdotes contributed by the late Lady Louisa Stuart, a granddaughter of Lady Mary. In prefixing to that edition the Memoir written by Mr. Dallaway, Lord Wharncliffe adopted the plan of printing it entire, with notes correcting such errors and misstatements as he had observed. But to these would now have to be added many others, and it appeared to be of little avail to attempt to remedy the misconceptions and defects of Mr. Dallaway's narrative. It is therefore now omitted. A far abler pen has furnished a large amount of interesting particulars concerning Lady Mary and her family: the Introductory Anecdotes fill, indeed, so large a space in the preliminary matter, and approach so nearly to the character of a biography, that it would be hardly necessary to substitute any memoir for that of Mr. Dallaway; but for the fact that some questions of interest in the Life of Lady Mary are only lightly touched, or are at least left unsettled by Lady Louisa Stuart's remarks. It seemed desirable to investigate more closely than previous editors have done the charges preferred against Lady Mary by Pope and Horace Walpole, and those who have since adopted their statements or imbibed their spirit, and to test them by the better information which I have been so fortunate as to obtain. In preparing the Memoir I have therefore confined myself principally to these points, and have also endeavoured to avoid repeating information which the reader will find conveyed with so much vivacity and good sense in Lady Louisa Stuart's contribution."
McCabe writes about her the following: "Born May, 1689. She was so bright a child that her father, the Earl of Kingston, had her elected to the Kit-Kat Club before she was eight years old. Her intellectual promise fully developed, and in her twentieth year she translated Epictetus from the Latin. In 1712 she married Edward Wortley Montagu, grandson of the
first Earl of Sandwich, and he seems to have been not less liberal than his grandfather and his wife. Lady Mary's house was one of the most brilliant centres of London wit and culture. Pope (until she had a famous quarrel with him), Lord Hervey, and other Deists met there. She
was one of the most cultivated and capable women of the century, and is still well known as a letter-writer . Her correspondence is full of Rationalistic passages. "Priests can lie, and the mob believe, all over the world," she says (Letters, 1906 ed., p . 88) . Writing to a sceptical French abbe (p. 108), she says that, like him, she " condemns the quackery of all the
Churches." She had a "firm belief in the Author of Nature" and a disdain of "creeds and theological whimsies." Died Aug. 21, 1762."