|Author||Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
|Publication Date||June 29, 2012|
According to the register of baptisms of the Parish of Kelloe, Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett was born at Coxhoe Hall in the County of Durham, on the 6th of March 1806. Mr. Browning sassertion of this date has given rise to unseemly bickering, rash counterstatement, and disingenuous retractation on the part of self-constituted authorities; but with the discovery of the entry in the register, found through information given by a brother of the poetess, the controversy, if such it can be called, comes to an end. The dedication of the following poem is dated 1819 :the only clue given as to the time in that year at which the dedication was written is the date 1820 on the title-page. It is natural to suppose that the young authoress had completed her work not much before the close of the year 1819 ;but this is more or less a matter of conjecture ;and it is even possible, though not altogether probable, that the poem had been finished a year or two before it was dedicated and put to press.
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