Written in Mary Steele’s Friendship Book, 1773
Long hath this Hand forgot the Pencil’s Art,
Text: STE 5/14; Whelan, Nonconformist Women Writers, vol. 4, pp. 74-75. The poem was transcribed by Marjorie Reeves and placed among the three letters of Mary Steele to Mary Scott. Unfortunately, the friendship book from which the poem was taken is missing from the Steele Collection at the Angus Library. Since Mary Steele contributed to Mary Scott’s friendship book in 1774, it is not surprising that Scott would have written some lines in Steele’s book. Steele visited her uncle in Yeovil in November 1773 and apparently took her book with her for the purpose of recording Scott’s poem. The poem was also seen by Moira Ferguson when she visited Hugh Steele-Smith in preparation for her articles on Mary Scott. See Ferguson, ‘Mary Scott’, p. 31.