Mary Botham grew up in a Quaker family that took some care with her education; she was married William Howitt in 1821. The Howitts collaborated on a profusion of works in many literary kinds, and traveled much in Britain and the Continent; Mary was much in demand as a contributor to gift-books and annuals. She was an acquaintance of Mary Russell Mitford and corresponded with Bernard Barton and Felicia Hemans, among many other literary friends.
The forest minstrel and other poems [with William Howitt]. 1823.
The desolation of Eyam, the emigrant: a tale of the American woods; and other poems [with William Howitt]. 1827.
Sketches of natural history. 1834.
Wood Leighton: or a year in the country. 3 vols, 1836.
Hymns and fireside verses. 1839.
Hope on, hope ever! 1840.
Strive and thrive: a tale. 1840.
Sowing and reaping: or what will come of it? 1841.
Work and wages: or a life in service. 1842.
Little coin, much care. 1842.
Love and money, an everyday tale. 1843.
No sense like common sense: or some passages in the life of Charles Middleton. 1843.
My uncle, the clockmaker. A tale. 1844.
Fireside verses. 1845.
Ballads and other poems. 1847.
The children's year. 1847.
The heir of Wast-Waylan. 1847.
Howitt's journal of literature and other popular progress. 1847-49.
Our cousins in Ohio. 1849.
The picture book for the young. 1855.
Birds and flowers and other country things. 1855.
Marion's pilgrimage: a fire-side story, and other poems. 1859.
A popular history of the United States. 1859.
Lillieslea: or lost and found. 1861.
Little Arthur's letters to his sister Mary. A pleasing picture book. 1861.
The cost of Caergwyn. 3 vols, 1864.
Stories of Stapleford. 1864.
Tales in prose for young people.
Tales in verse for young people. 1865.
Our four-footed friends. 1867.
Vignettes of American history. 1869.
Birds and their nests. 1872.
Tales for all seasons. 1881.