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She was the daughter of Thomas and Anne Hughes, Bryn Griffith, near Mold. In 1711 she married Thomas Brereton (1691 - 1722), one of the minor English dramatists. On the death of her husband in 1722 she is said to have settled in Wrexham where she died 7 August 1740 and was survived by two daughters.
Showing an aptitude for writing English verse she became a contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine and wrote under the pseudonym Melissa. After her death a volume of her work was published under the title Poems on several occasions, with letters to her friends and an account of her life (London, 1744).
Published date: 1959
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