Mary Lamb

1764 (London) – 1847 (London)

Lamb’s younger brother Charles was her literary collaborator as well as her guardian after she stabbed her mother to death with a kitchen knife in a fit of insanity. Of the literary circle she and her brother shared in and often hosted, Coleridge was a particular friend of hers (and she his confidante), Wordsworth and Godwin others. Hazlitt described her as the only truly sensible woman he had met. Procter helped care for her, both as friend and in his capacity as member of the Metrpolitan Commission for Lunacy.