We’re fairly sure that “M.E.R.” is a woman, but my searches have not turned up sufficient information to verify that. Nonetheless, here is a delightfully illustrated poem from Buds and Blossoms and Friendly Greetings, a monthly journal that began publication in 1876 in Halifax.

“M.E.R.” “Living or Dead?” Buds and Blossoms and Friendly Greetings 8.1 (Jan 1884): 160.

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