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HAM/1/10/1/1

Letter from Caterina Clarke to Mary Hamilton's mother

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From Caterina

1.

Sayes Farm
Sept. 2d:

Ma Chere Amie

      I have my dear Anna's promise
of a few lines from you to-morrow, I shall have
so great satisfaction in recieving them that I
write in the mean time to thank you for your
kind intention of complying with my request; I
am not without some expectation of a letter in
the same cover from our Dearest Miranda[1] as I
think you may have recieved one this afternoon,
I have been most sincerely wishing my-self with
you at the opening of it, that I might have
had an ealier account of her, & enjoyed with
you the greatest pleasure we could have recieved of
hearing that she was well. I left you my
Dear Mrs: Hamilton with a very sincere regret &
it was doubly painful, as besides the concern I
felt at parting from you I could not but be sensi-ble
that losing another of the Society would make
your Dear Mary's absence even more tedious; how-
ever
I hope a little time now will re-unite
us all, & that we shall forget the pain we



have felt in parting in the satisfaction of
meeting again. I hope I have left a very
good Deputy, Anna I dare say fills up some of yor
leisure hours, she can not play at Cheʃs, but
Mrs: Glover can beat you at all-Fours -- I hope
they prevail on you to go out a good deal tell
me whether you have given up the little ex-
cursion
you talked of making with Leonidas[2] &c. to
this part of the world, the weather is not
inviting but the country still looks pleasant; I
do not enquire my Dear Mrs: Hamilton particu-
larly
of your health I heard you were pretty
well -- & I was the happier to hear it as I was
not without anxiety lest we should have over
fatigued you at Hampton-Court --
This retired place affords little news -- we were
going this afternoon to Egham Races but prevented
I do not regret it, I am not fond of that
amusement & am happier to employ some part of
the time which I should have spent there in conversing
with you -- tell Leonidas the Gentleman was here
who painted those views in Otaheité[3] which we saw



at the Exhibition, I remember his remarking it
& our surprize at the purple appearance of the
Mountains & I was pleased to have it in my power to
satisfy his curiosity & my own by enquiring of Mr:
Hodges who was in ------ the Country what occasion'd it, he
tells me they are always covered with a sort of Fern
which grows upon them the same kind of Fern wch:
we find upon upon Heaths in England, & which also
bears a purple flower, but that has a larger
Flower, is fuller of Bloʃsoms, & is always in Bloom.
Mr. H- says he was much pleased with ye. appearance
of the country by his account it is very beautiful
& the perpetual spring they enjoy makes it
usual to see the fruit at the
same time upon the Tree in bloʃsom,
green, & ripe -- I was diverted
to hear that Omiah[4] before he left England
purchased a very elegant white Sattin umbrella
with a broad fringe &c. which cost him 5 guineas
to preserve his complexion from the Sun --
      My sister will tell you that we have been
obliged to give up our scheme of going into Suʃsex
Mr. Paine is prevented -- could I have foreseen this I
would not have left you -- as this is put off --
My Sister Barnard insists upon fetching me for



two or three days to Maple Durham -- I ask your
leave of Absence for only that time I can not
refuse a request of hers, & I will most certainly
return to you next week you my depend upon
my promise, if you love me well enough to



be interested in it, I flatter myself you do; --
continue to love me -- I will not decieve you
      Adieu Ma Chere Amie
                             Je vous aime en verité Adieu
Caterina


To --
The Honble. Mrs: Hamilton
James Street
Buckingham Gate[5]

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Notes


 1. A code name for Mary Hamilton among her close friends.
 2. Richard Glover (1712-1785), English writer and politician, best known for his epic poem Leonidas (1737).
 3. Tahiti.
 4. Omiah or Omai, a Polynesian islander in England 1774-1776.
 5. Moved address panel here from centre of p.3 when unfolded, written vertically.

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Sayes Farm
September 2d:

Ma Chere Amie

      I have my dear Anna's promise
of a few lines from you to-morrow, I shall have
so great satisfaction in receiving them that I
write in the mean time to thank you for your
kind intention of complying with my request; I
am not without some expectation of a letter in
the same cover from our Dearest Miranda as I
think you may have received one this afternoon,
I have been most sincerely wishing my-self with
you at the opening of it, that I might have
had an earlier account of her, & enjoyed with
you the greatest pleasure we could have received of
hearing that she was well. I left you my
Dear Mrs: Hamilton with a very sincere regret &
it was doubly painful, as besides the concern I
felt at parting from you I could not but be sensible
that losing another of the Society would make
your Dear Mary's absence even more tedious; however
I hope a little time now will re-unite
us all, & that we shall forget the pain we



have felt in parting in the satisfaction of
meeting again. I hope I have left a very
good Deputy, Anna I dare say fills up some of your
leisure hours, she can not play at Chess, but
Mrs: Glover can beat you at all-Fours -- I hope
they prevail on you to go out a good deal tell
me whether you have given up the little excursion
you talked of making with Leonidas &c. to
this part of the world, the weather is not
inviting but the country still looks pleasant; I
do not enquire my Dear Mrs: Hamilton particularly
of your health I heard you were pretty
well -- & I was the happier to hear it as I was
not without anxiety lest we should have over
fatigued you at Hampton-Court --
This retired place affords little news -- we were
going this afternoon to Egham Races but prevented
I do not regret it, I am not fond of that
amusement & am happier to employ some part of
the time which I should have spent there in conversing
with you -- tell Leonidas the Gentleman was here
who painted those views in Otaheité which we saw



at the Exhibition, I remember his remarking it
& our surprize at the purple appearance of the
Mountains & I was pleased to have it in my power to
satisfy his curiosity & my own by enquiring of Mr:
Hodges who was in the Country what occasion'd it, he
tells me they are always covered with a sort of Fern
which grows upon them the same kind of Fern which
we find upon Heaths in England, & which also
bears a purple flower, but that has a larger
Flower, is fuller of Blossoms, & is always in Bloom.
Mr. Hodges says he was much pleased with the appearance
of the country by his account it is very beautiful
& the perpetual spring they enjoy makes it
usual to see the fruit at the
same time upon the Tree in blossom,
green, & ripe -- I was diverted
to hear that Omiah before he left England
purchased a very elegant white Satin umbrella
with a broad fringe &c. which cost him 5 guineas
to preserve his complexion from the Sun --
      My sister will tell you that we have been
obliged to give up our scheme of going into Sussex
Mr. Paine is prevented -- could I have foreseen this I
would not have left you -- as this is put off --
My Sister Barnard insists upon fetching me for



two or three days to Maple Durham -- I ask your
leave of Absence for only that time I can not
refuse a request of hers, & I will most certainly
return to you next week you may depend upon
my promise, if you love me well enough to



be interested in it, I flatter myself you do; --
continue to love me -- I will not deceive you
      Adieu Ma Chere Amie
                             Je vous aime en verité Adieu
Caterina


To --
The Honourable Mrs: Hamilton
James Street
Buckingham Gate

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 1. A code name for Mary Hamilton among her close friends.
 2. Richard Glover (1712-1785), English writer and politician, best known for his epic poem Leonidas (1737).
 3. Tahiti.
 4. Omiah or Omai, a Polynesian islander in England 1774-1776.
 5. Moved address panel here from centre of p.3 when unfolded, written vertically.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Caterina Clarke to Mary Hamilton's mother

Shelfmark: HAM/1/10/1/1

Correspondence Details

Author: Caterina Clarke

Place sent: Chertsey, Surrey (certainty: medium)

Addressee: Mary Catherine Hamilton (née Dufresne)

Place received: London

Date sent: 2 September ?1777
notBefore 2 September 1777 (precision: medium)
notAfter 1777 (precision: medium)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Caterina Clarke to Hamilton's mother. She writes with an account of Hamilton's health as well as with general news of how she spends her time. Clarke's party was to attend Egham Races that afternoon but has been prevented from doing so, which she does not regret as she does not find much amusement in it. Clarke continues the letter on Mr Glover (see HAM/1/13), on art and on her family.
    Original reference No. 1.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 688 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).

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Acknowledgements: XML version: Research Assistant funding in 2014/15 and 2015/16 provided by the Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Donald Alasdair Morrison, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Research assistant: Carla Seabra-Dacosta, MA student, University of Vigo

Transliterator: Nick Barraclough, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted November 2014)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, The John Rylands Library

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Revision date: 23 April 2020

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