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HAM/1/10/1/9

Letter from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton

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My dearest Miranda,

                             I write from your dear Mamma's
Fire-side -- she is something better to-day & slept last
night tolerably -- the Dr: was here last night & gives
her great encouragement -- she has begun a new medicine
& we are in great hopes that it will agree with her
Mrs: Hamilton sends her kind Love to you & bids me
tell you that her legs are better than they were,
      I shall perhaps surprise you by writing from
James Street I left my Sisters well at Maple-durham,
they will be here in a few days. I rejoice in
the thoughts of seeing you in a short time -- what
a naughty Miranda have you been in never
having taken the least notice of my Letter
from M D -- but I forgive you -- if I were not
very generous I could not.
      Mrs: Glover, bids me give her Love & tell you
that she is glad her Dove is returned, although
alone. I am never alone for I am continually



with your Mamma, or Mr: & Mrs: Glover, how happy
should I be, could you be with us.
Mrs. Hamilton says, you have sent her a
Draft which she had no occasion for, she had
received the money before, & she must take
more money shortly, she desires that you
will write to Mr: Leathenstone -- for the money,
& to your Uncle f to desire that the Land
may be let -- & she thinks he should be informed
of it
      Leonidas[1] desires his Love, & never forgets
his toast -- it is very hard that we cannot
have any pleasure, but that of thinking of
you & of drinking your Health.
      Adieu
give me a Line -- be aʃsured of
my constant attention to your Mother &
of the Affection with which I am
                             Yours,
Anna Maria

James Street
Wednesday n
      afternoon Novbr. 11th. 1778

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 1. Richard Glover (1712-1785), English writer and politician, best known for his epic poem Leonidas (1737).

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My dearest Miranda,

                             I write from your dear Mamma's
Fire-side -- she is something better to-day & slept last
night tolerably -- the Dr: was here last night & gives
her great encouragement -- she has begun a new medicine
& we are in great hopes that it will agree with her
Mrs: Hamilton sends her kind Love to you & bids me
tell you that her legs are better than they were,
      I shall perhaps surprise you by writing from
James Street I left my Sisters well at Maple-durham,
they will be here in a few days. I rejoice in
the thoughts of seeing you in a short time -- what
a naughty Miranda have you been in never
having taken the least notice of my Letter
from Mapledurham -- but I forgive you -- if I were not
very generous I could not.
      Mrs: Glover, bids me give her Love & tell you
that she is glad her Dove is returned, although
alone. I am never alone for I am continually



with your Mamma, or Mr: & Mrs: Glover, how happy
should I be, could you be with us.
Mrs. Hamilton says, you have sent her a
Draft which she had no occasion for, she had
received the money before, & she must take
more money shortly, she desires that you
will write to Mr: Leathenstone -- for the money,
& to your Uncle Frederick to desire that the Land
may be let -- & she thinks he should be informed
of it
      Leonidas desires his Love, & never forgets
his toast -- it is very hard that we cannot
have any pleasure, but that of thinking of
you & of drinking your Health.
      Adieu
give me a Line -- be assured of
my constant attention to your Mother &
of the Affection with which I am
                             Yours,
Anna Maria

James Street
Wednesday
      afternoon

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 1. Richard Glover (1712-1785), English writer and politician, best known for his epic poem Leonidas (1737).

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/1/10/1/9

Correspondence Details

Author: Anna Maria Clarke

Place sent: London

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Kew (certainty: low)

Date sent: 11 November 1778

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Anna Maria Clarke to Mary Hamilton. She writes from Hamilton's mother's fireside. Mrs Hamilton is somewhat better today. The doctor had been the previous night and given them 'great encouragement'. She has been given new medicine, which they hope will agree with her. Her mother also sends Hamilton instructions to write to Mr Leathenstone about money and to her uncle to acquaint him that 'the Land may be let'.
    Clarke continues with news of her sisters and on the pleasure that it will give her to see Hamilton in a few days. She notes that Mrs Glover (see HAM/1/13) sends her love and asks her to tell Hamilton 'that she is glad her Dove is returned'. Clarke continues that she is never alone and that Hamilton's mother and Mr and Mrs Glover are always with her, and she wishes that Hamilton herself was also with them. Leonidas (Mr Glover) sends Hamilton his love. He never forgets to make his toast, and 'it is very hard that we cannot have any pleasure, but that of thinking of you & of drinking your Health'.
    Dated at James Street [St James's Street, London].
    Original reference No. 6.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 306 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 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: Holly Jones, 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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