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GEO/ADD/3/83/28

Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

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When you cease being interested abt- me
tell me so that I may not run the hazard
of having my pride mortified by your
contempt -- or run the risque of being
laughd at for my folly hereafter
Thursday 2d Decbr. My uncle Frederick to
Breakfast the conversation that paʃsed
threw my Mind into a melancholy wch-
required some hours to diʃsipate -- how
painful to be forced to acknowledge &
feel ye. imperfection, ye. deceit of ye-
human heart -- he gave rise to those
reflections by accts- of his disappointments &



of characters he had met wth &c --
&c

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When you cease being interested about me
tell me so that I may not run the hazard
of having my pride mortified by your
contempt -- or run the risk of being
laughed at for my folly hereafter
Thursday 2d December My uncle Frederick to
Breakfast the conversation that passed
threw my Mind into a melancholy which
required some hours to dissipate -- how
painful to be forced to acknowledge &
feel the imperfection, the deceit of the
human heart -- he gave rise to those
reflections by accounts of his disappointments &



of characters he had met with &c --
&c

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Metadata

Library References

Repository: Windsor Castle, The Royal Archives

Archive: GEO/ADD/3 Additional papers of George IV, as Prince, Regent, and King

Item title: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

Shelfmark: GEO/ADD/3/83/28

Correspondence Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: George, Prince of Wales

Place received: unknown

Date sent: c.3 December 1779
notBefore 2 December 1779 (precision: high)
notAfter 3 December 1779 (precision: medium)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales, requesting that he tell her when he is no longer interested in her; and on her melancholy resulting from a conversation with her Uncle Frederick [Hamilton].
    Hamilton refers to her uncle's 'accounts of his disappointments [?&] of characters he had met with...'.
    Written Thursday.
    [Copy].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 98 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers' (Hannah Barker, Sophie Coulombeau, David Denison, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph, Christine Wallis & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2019-2022).

All quotation marks are retained in the text and are represented by appropriate Unicode characters. Words split across two lines may have a hyphen on the first, the second or both fragments (reco-|ver, imperfect|-ly, satisfacti-|-on); or a double hyphen (pur=|port, dan|=ger, qua=|=litys); or none (respect|ing). Any point in abbreviations with superscripted letter(s) is placed last, regardless of relative left-right orientation in the original. Thus, Mrs. or Mrs may occur, but M.rs or Mr.s do not.

Acknowledgements: Transcription and XML version created as part of project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers', funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council under grant AH/S007121/1.

Transliterator: Tino Oudesluijs, editorial team (completed January 2020)

Copyright: Transcriptions, notes and TEI/XML © the editors

Revision date: 1 September 2021

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