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GEO/ADD/3/83/9

Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

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5th Septr- My friend -- I am not going to torment you
with my usual remonstrances on the impropriety of our
correspondence --- -- my heart & mind are satisfied as to the
perfect rectitude of my intentions both now & hereafter --
Our coinciding minds & similarity of sentiments pro-
mise
the continuance of a friendship beyond which I
wish not to see -- there is only one circumstance wch. preys
upon my mind, & wch. I own the idea of wch. renders me at
times very unhappy -- it is the unfortunate neceʃsity of acting
in a clandestine manner -- it hurts at once my delicacy &
my pride, & if by any unforeseen chance it should hereafter
be discovered -- the two persons most dear to you, would
naturally judge me with great severity -- This event, were
it to happen would absolutely break my heart -- for I
never could have courage or resolution to make my own
defence -- indeed how could I excuse my conduct, being
so conscious of its being apparently wrong -- Your Mother
would detest me as being a most designing artful
                                                         character -- not a human



creature -- I am well persuaded -- not even my best friends
would do me strict justice -- though they might judge
differently on ye. affair -- How would those who are
devoid of sentiment deride the declaration of a dis-
interested
& pure friendship subsisting between
persons of such different situations in life
      I will teaze you no longer on this subject


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Normalised Text



5th September My friend -- I am not going to torment you
with my usual remonstrances on the impropriety of our
correspondence -- my heart & mind are satisfied as to the
perfect rectitude of my intentions both now & hereafter --
Our coinciding minds & similarity of sentiments promise
the continuance of a friendship beyond which I
wish not to see -- there is only one circumstance which preys
upon my mind, & which I own the idea of renders me at
times very unhappy -- it is the unfortunate necessity of acting
in a clandestine manner -- it hurts at once my delicacy &
my pride, & if by any unforeseen chance it should hereafter
be discovered -- the two persons most dear to you, would
naturally judge me with great severity -- This event, were
it to happen would absolutely break my heart -- for I
never could have courage or resolution to make my own
defence -- indeed how could I excuse my conduct, being
so conscious of its being apparently wrong -- Your Mother
would detest me as being a most designing artful
                                                         character -- not a human



creature -- I am well persuaded -- not even my best friends
would do me strict justice -- though they might judge
differently on the affair -- How would those who are
devoid of sentiment deride the declaration of a disinterested
& pure friendship subsisting between
persons of such different situations in life
      I will tease you no longer on this subject


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 1. Moved annotation here from the right margin, at the end of the first line.
 2. This word appears at the bottom right, written at an angle.

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/3/83/9

Correspondence Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: George, Prince of Wales

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 5 September 1779

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales, on her concerns regarding the clandestine nature of their friendship; and fears of the King and Queen's reactions if discovered.
    [Draft].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 239 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Image to Text' (David Denison & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2013-2019), now incorporated 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: XML version: Transcription and Research Assistant funding in 2018/19 provided by the Student Experience Internship programme of the University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Emma Donington Kiey, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Emma Donington Kiey (submitted July 2019)

Cataloguer: , Archivist, The Royal Archives

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

Revision date: 22 May 2020

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