“Time moves in one direction, memory in another”*…
* William Gibson
As we Dance to the Music of Time, we might spare a thought for Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. An accomplished writer (her poems and her letters home from Turkey, where her husband was Ambassador, were widely influential), Lady Mary was perhaps as importantly a health-care pioneer: she was instrumental in establishing the practice of vaccination against smallpox.
Her last words, uttered on this date in 1762, were– appropriately enough– “It has all been most interesting.”
Lady Mary, with her son Edward (source)