ALLEY, Peter. ~ The Tears of the Muse. An elegiac Poem. Sacred to the Memory of the Right Honourable Sarah Countess of Westmorland. Addressed to and particularly intended for the future Consideration of Lord Burghursh... London: Printed for J. Debrett... 1794.
4to (262 × 203 mm) in half-sheets, pp. , 22; complete with the half-title; light marginal spotting, a few marks to the final page; small stamp of Fellows’s Library, Salisbury to title; disbound.
Sole edition of a thinly-veiled plea for patronage, slated by the Critical Review as ‘monotonous, moralizing, and heavy’. Very rare: ESTC locates 2 copies only, at the BL and the University of Missouri.
The marriage of John Fane, tenth Earl of Westmorland (later Lord Privy Seal under five Prime Ministers), to Sarah Anne Child in 1782 had been a romantic one. He was 23, she only 18, and they eloped to Gretna Green. Her father, the banker Robert Child, disapproved of the match and cut her from his will, but the couple were happy, and had six children before the Countess’s premature death at the age of 29. Jackson, p. 195.