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HAM/1/10/1/15

Note from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text



Bullstrode Decbr. 4
1804

1784.[1]

You are in so comfortable a State of Mind respect
ing
Dear Marianne[2] -- The Ducheʃs Dowgr. of Portland[3] --
desired me to tell you that ------ the Exercise
she takes should be very gentle & that she should
go every fine day on Horseback (that is double
Horse) & follow a Plough for an Hour or an
Hour & half. -- I have had ye. pleasure of
enjoying Mr. Dickensons Company since the
first of this Month. -- he will continue here till we go to
Town & then if Busineʃs does not recall him[4]


[5]
------------------------------. Miʃs More intends
raising a Subscription[6] for ye. Poor Milkwoman
& purchasing a little Farm for her -- She has
a Stupid Husband and 6 Children -- is 28 Years
of age -- rather plain than Handsome,
I am in great hopes Miʃs H More will succeed
In her charitable intentions -- ye s. has
given me 20£. Lord & Lady Dartrey & Lord
& Lady Stormont &c. have voluntarily offer'd
to give something whenever they are call'd upon.[7]

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Notes


 1. The address and date appear to have been inserted by the same hand that annotated HAM/1/10/1/5, possibly the addressee, Mary Hamilton. A second unknown hand has crossed out '1804' and written '1784' to its left.
 2. Probably the same Marianne mentioned in William Wake's letter HAM/1/8/8/8 of October 1783.
 3. Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785), Dowager Duchess from 1761.
 4. The rest of the page is torn away.
 5. The first part of the page is torn away.
 6. On the subscription for the poet Ann Yearsley organised by Hannah More, see further HAM/1/6/6/2, 1/7/6/16, 1/8/8/21, 1/16/34, 1/17/36.
 7. The rest of the page is torn away.

Normalised Text






You are in so comfortable a State of Mind respecting
Dear Marianne -- The Duchess Dowager of Portland --
desired me to tell you that the Exercise
she takes should be gentle & that she should
go every fine day on Horseback (that is double
Horse) & follow a Plough for an Hour or an
Hour & half. -- I have had the pleasure of
enjoying Mr. Dickensons Company since the
first of this Month. -- he will continue here till we go to
Town & then if Business does not recall him



------------------------------. Miss More intends
raising a Subscription for the Poor Milkwoman
& purchasing a little Farm for her -- She has
a Stupid Husband and 6 Children -- is 28 Years
of age -- rather plain than Handsome,
I am in great hopes Miss Hannah More will succeed
In her charitable intentions -- the Duchess has
given me 20£. Lord & Lady Dartrey & Lord
& Lady Stormont &c. have voluntarily offer'd
to give something whenever they are call'd upon.

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 1. The address and date appear to have been inserted by the same hand that annotated HAM/1/10/1/5, possibly the addressee, Mary Hamilton. A second unknown hand has crossed out '1804' and written '1784' to its left.
 2. Probably the same Marianne mentioned in William Wake's letter HAM/1/8/8/8 of October 1783.
 3. Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785), Dowager Duchess from 1761.
 4. The rest of the page is torn away.
 5. The first part of the page is torn away.
 6. On the subscription for the poet Ann Yearsley organised by Hannah More, see further HAM/1/6/6/2, 1/7/6/16, 1/8/8/21, 1/16/34, 1/17/36.
 7. The rest of the page is torn away.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Note from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/10/1/15

Correspondence Details

Author: Anna Maria Clarke

Place sent: Bulstrode, near Gerrards Cross

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: London (certainty: low)

Date sent: 4 December 1784
when 4 December 1784 (precision: medium)

Letter Description

Summary: Note from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton. She writes with a message from the Duchess of Portland, who advises on the gentle exercise that Hamilton should take, 'every fine day on Horseback [...] and follow a Plough for an Hour or an Hour & half'. Clarke also notes that she has had the pleasure of John Dickenson's company.
    On the other side of the sheet is a note about raising a subscription to purchase a small farm for the 'milkmaid' poet Ann Yearsley, here described as 'the Poor Milkwoman', whom Hannah More is trying to aid.
   

Length: 2 sheets, 164 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: Research Assistant funding in 2016/17 provided by The John Rylands Research Institute.

Research assistant: Sarah Connor, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

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

Transliterator: Athena Bras, MA student, Uppsala University (submitted May 2017)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

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

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

Revision date: 13 April 2020

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