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HAM/1/10/1/12

Letter from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


Report of Mrs Hamiltons
fall, 1777 or 8.


My dearest Miranda
      I am with your Mamma, she sends
her Love to you, & would have seen you to-day, but
has unfortunately had a fall from her chair, & although
she is not much disordered by it, she cannot conveni-
-ently
stir out. I have been disappointed of the
pleasure of drinking tea with you through a
fatal mistake which Debounaire will explain
to you, & which put me for a few minutes quite
out of humour.
Lady Dartrey[1] has been here this morning she
has a deafneʃs, which is come on suddenly, & which
prevented her being at Court this morning. she
was with Mr: Maul, I hope he will relieve her,
she has inquired much after you, & having heard
of your Illneʃs has been uneasy on your account,
she has written to you two or three times by
the penny post, but has not received any answer.



Mrs. Hamilton is infinitely obliged to their
Royal Highneʃses, for the honour of the very
pretty Billet; the intelligence, the Princeʃs
Royal,[2] has been so good as to send her of her
daughter is very interesting, & she cannot
forgive you for concealing it, although she
is not very intimately acquainted with
Monsieur le Compte, yet as her Royal Highneʃs
has permitted you to accept of his hand she is
aʃsured that, he is worthy of your choice, &
she congratulates you, she desires you will present
her Duty, to their Royal Highneʃses, & aʃsure
them, that she should have been at Kew to have
seen you, had not the fall she has had prevented
her.
      Adieu ma chere Miranda
      Je vous aime & Je vous estime toujours
infiniment, & plus que Je ne vous puiʃse le dire.
Nous irons demain à la Campagne où Je penserai
de vous.

      James Street. Thursday Evening.



Let me explain the accident Mrs. Hamilton has met
with, it was no more than this, her chair having
slipped backwarder than she imagined, she fell, but
has only hurt her leg in the slightest manner.

Mr. Glover has written to you this morning & sent it
by penny post -- Mrs. Hamilton fears that you will
not receive it -- if Mr: Glover was to give you the
whole history of his disappointments in coming
to see you, it would fill up a folio

Catherine has locked up her pretty snuff box,
you see what an influence a hint from your
Ladyship has.



[Mi]ʃs Hamilton
Prince Ernest's
Kew

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Notes


 1. Philadelphia Hannah Dawson (née Freame), Baroness Dartrey (1740-1826), granddaughter of William Penn and former Lady in Waiting to Queen Charlotte.
 2. At this date the Princess Royal would have been about 11 or 12 years old.

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My dearest Miranda
      I am with your Mamma, she sends
her Love to you, & would have seen you to-day, but
has unfortunately had a fall from her chair, & although
she is not much disordered by it, she cannot conveniently
stir out. I have been disappointed of the
pleasure of drinking tea with you through a
fatal mistake which Debounaire will explain
to you, & which put me for a few minutes quite
out of humour.
Lady Dartrey has been here this morning she
has a deafness, which is come on suddenly, & which
prevented her being at Court this morning. she
was with Mr: Maul, I hope he will relieve her,
she has inquired much after you, & having heard
of your Illness has been uneasy on your account,
she has written to you two or three times by
the penny post, but has not received any answer.



Mrs. Hamilton is infinitely obliged to their
Royal Highnesses, for the honour of the very
pretty Billet; the intelligence, the Princess
Royal, has been so good as to send her of her
daughter is very interesting, & she cannot
forgive you for concealing it, although she
is not very intimately acquainted with
Monsieur le Compte, yet as her Royal Highness
has permitted you to accept of his hand she is
assured that, he is worthy of your choice, &
she congratulates you, she desires you will present
her Duty, to their Royal Highnesses, & assure
them, that she should have been at Kew to have
seen you, had not the fall she has had prevented
her.
      Adieu ma chere Miranda
      Je vous aime & Je vous estime toujours
infiniment, & plus que Je ne vous puisse le dire.
Nous irons demain à la Campagne où Je penserai
de vous.

      James Street. Thursday Evening.



Let me explain the accident Mrs. Hamilton has met
with, it was no more than this, her chair having
slipped backwarder than she imagined, she fell, but
has only hurt her leg in the slightest manner.

Mr. Glover has written to you this morning & sent it
by penny post -- Mrs. Hamilton fears that you will
not receive it -- if Mr: Glover was to give you the
whole history of his disappointments in coming
to see you, it would fill up a folio

Catherine has locked up her pretty snuff box,
you see what an influence a hint from your
Ladyship has.



Miss Hamilton
Prince Ernest's
Kew

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 1. Philadelphia Hannah Dawson (née Freame), Baroness Dartrey (1740-1826), granddaughter of William Penn and former Lady in Waiting to Queen Charlotte.
 2. At this date the Princess Royal would have been about 11 or 12 years old.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/10/1/12

Correspondence Details

Author: Anna Maria Clarke

Place sent: London

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Kew

Date sent: c1778
when 1778 (precision: medium)
notAfter 1778 (precision: high)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton, concerning Mrs Hamilton, who has suffered a fall from her chair. Clarke reports that although Mrs Hamilton is 'not much disordered by it, she cannot conveniently stir out'. Clarke writes in detail of the accident and assures Hamilton that she is not seriously hurt. She also writes with more general news of acquaintances. Lady Dartrey (see HAM/1/11) has visited that morning and is suffering from hearing loss, which came on suddenly and which prevented her attending Court. Lady Dartrey has heard of Hamilton's illness, has written to her three times but as yet received no response.
    Clarke light-heartedly reports that Mrs Hamilton is very much obliged to 'their Royal Highnesses for the honour of the very pretty Billet; the intelligence the Princess Royal has been so good as to send her' of Hamilton, which she finds very interesting, and she cannot forgive Hamilton 'for concealing it'. Although she is not 'intimately acquainted with Monsieur le Compte', the fact that her Royal Highness has given Hamilton permission to accept his marriage proposal assures her that he must be worthy.
    Dated at James Street [St James's Street, London].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 410 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

Transliterator: Connor Barrett, 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: 13 April 2020

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