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HAM/1/14/13

Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


11.

My Dst

I desired William would explain how
impoʃsible it was for me to write this
Morg, I am not very fit for it now,
tho I thank God my Dear Angels
are fast asleep, they have suffered a
great deal this day, & tho Hawkins[1]
aʃsures me (& indeed I am convinced
of it,) that every thing is as right
as poʃsible, yet my Heart bleeds
when I see what they actually
do & what I know they must
suffer before this is over, there
never was two such Dear little patient
Beings, which still interests one more



But do not my Dear figgett about
me, I am amazingly well, & my
Spirits keep up really amazingly, Mr
& Mrs. Smelt, are all kindneʃs to
me they have been with me to day
from three till 9 & do me an
infinite deal of good & contribute
to amuse the dear Angels where
they can be amused, God Bleʃs
you my Dear I feel to the
bottom of my Heart your
kindneʃs, pray give my Love
& Duty to every body. I can not
write more, but beg you will
tell Dr Ly Charlotte[2] I will
write to her to morrow for the



last time, & that I thank her
a thousand times for her Letter. --
pray give my sincerest thanks
to Mr Glover (with my best Comps)
for his kind wishes to me
faithfuly Y --

MCG

ten o' Clock
Wedy Night

7th- April --
1779




Miʃs Hamilton
Queens House

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Notes


 1. Probably Pennel Hawkins, a surgeon in the royal household from 1761 (Inst. of Hist. Research).
 2. Lady Charlotte Finch (née Fermor) (1725-1813), royal governess.

Normalised Text



My Dearest

I desired William would explain how
impossible it was for me to write this
Morning, I am not very fit for it now,
though I thank God my Dear Angels
are fast asleep, they have suffered a
great deal this day, & though Hawkins
assures me (& indeed I am convinced
of it,) that every thing is as right
as possible, yet my Heart bleeds
when I see what they actually
do & what I know they must
suffer before this is over, there
never was two such Dear little patient
Beings, which still interests one more



But do not my Dear fidget about
me, I am amazingly well, & my
Spirits keep up really amazingly, Mr
& Mrs. Smelt, are all kindness to
me they have been with me to day
from three till 9 & do me an
infinite deal of good & contribute
to amuse the dear Angels where
they can be amused, God Bless
you my Dear I feel to the
bottom of my Heart your
kindness, pray give my Love
& Duty to every body. I can not
write more, but beg you will
tell Dear Lady Charlotte I will
write to her to morrow for the



last time, & that I thank her
a thousand times for her Letter. --
pray give my sincerest thanks
to Mr Glover (with my best Compliments)
for his kind wishes to me
faithfully Yours --

Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

ten o' Clock
Wednesday Night





Miss Hamilton
Queens House

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 1. Probably Pennel Hawkins, a surgeon in the royal household from 1761 (Inst. of Hist. Research).
 2. Lady Charlotte Finch (née Fermor) (1725-1813), royal governess.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/14/13

Correspondence Details

Author: Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: London

Date sent: 7 April 1779

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton. She writes that she had asked 'William' to explain to Hamilton that she could not ride that morning as she is not 'very fit for it'. She continues her letter on how her 'Spirits keep up really amazingly', and on the kindness of Mr and Mrs Smelt.
    Original reference No. 11.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 249 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 2017/18 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Georgia Tutt, MA student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Julia Öman, MA student, Uppsala University (submitted June 2018)

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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