Mary Reynell Wreford (Bristol 1799-1886) is a Times reporter born in Bristol in the early nineteenth century. He spent long periods in Italy between Rome and Capri with his brother, Sir Henry Wreford, a Unitarian Reverend active as an art critic and correspondent for the Times for about 40 years. On March 8, 2017, International Women's Day in London was dedicated to Mary Wreford for being the first female journalist of The Times. She was the Times' first freelance female correspondent; she never joined the staff of the English newspaper. More than one hundred and fifty years ago, in March 1859, she was temporarily appointed correspondent of the daily newspaper from Rome during the period of illness of her brother Henry, the journalist of the Times who regularly sent articles on the political situation from Italy. Given Henry Wreford's difficult health conditions, The Times Editor, Mowbray Morris, replaced him with someone who knew Henry's work and contacts well. Morris wrote to Miss Wreford, who was residing in Rome at that time, inviting her to take up the post up to that time held by her brother and to write in particular on the events relating to the nearby war between Italy, France and Austria. Miss Wreford's name appears in the list of women who engaged in the first political battle in favor of female voting and in particular her signature appears in 1866 in the Middlesex Petition Area, at the address "9 Dorset Square, London, England".
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