Frances Parker, Countess of Morley

morley3The Times have been
That when the brains were out
The man would die
And there an end


Frances Talbot Parker, Countess of Morley (1781-1857), The Flying Burgermaster: a Legend of the Black Forest ([S.l.]: F. Morley, 1832). Letterpress and lithographs. Rare Books (Ex) 3866.569.335


inscribed on flyleaf

This volume was pulled today to answer a reference question. Both images and text have been attributed to Frances Talbot Parker, Countess of Morley (1781-1857). The Countess is listed in Modern English Biography (1897) as the “celebrated as a woman of wit and the ‘first of talkers’; a painter rn. 23 Aug. 1809, as his second wife, John Parker 1 Earl of Morley, b. 1772, d. 14 March 1840; lithographed the plates in Portraits of the Spruggins family, arranged by Richard Sucklethumkin Spruggins 1829; author of The Flying burgomaster, a legend of the BlackForest 1832 anon; The royal intellectual bazaar, a prospectus of a plan for the improvement of the fashionable circle 1832 anon; The man without a name, 2 vols. 1852; edited Dacre, a novel, 3 vols. 1834. d. Saltram, Plympton 6 Dec. 1857. bur. in family vault at Plympton St. Mary.”

More of her biography can be found at

morley4Note, an unillustrated prose version of this story turns up in Henry Glassford Bell, My old portfolio: or, tales and sketches (London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1832). Hard to know which came first.