Farewell to Bath
This poem is taken from The Gentleman's Magazine, July 1731, where it appears as by Lady M. M. In Dodsley's Collection it is attributed to Lady M. Montagu, and since then it has usually been regarded as the work of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Isobel Grundy, however, does not include it in her 1977 edition (see notes to " A Receipt to Cure the Vapours") because, she says, "Even if the ascription is accurate, Lady Mary's name was extremely unlikely to be formulated this way except on the Continent. The designation fits at least two other ladies, daughters of Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax, and the 2nd Duke of Montagu" (173).
Lindsey's Assembly Rooms, built in the lower town in 1728, later were named Wiltshire's; they closed after the New Assembly Rooms opened in 1771. Mrs. Hayes, a sister of Mrs. Lindsey, took over the management of Harrison's Assembly Rooms after Harrison's death. Lewis Melville, Bath Under Beau Nash—And After ( London, 1926), p. 97.
In this poem, published anonymously in 1732, Irwin accurately describes the gardens of her father's Yorkshire seat, which was designed by John Vanbrugh. For a detailed account of the landscaping, see Christopher Hussey , English Gardens and Landscape 1700-1750 ( London, 1967).
Carlisle. Anne Irwin's father, Charles, third Earl of Carlisle.