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HAM/1/14/20

Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton

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My Dr

I am sincerly hurt, to find that you have
any real cause for yr present lowneʃs,
for I flattered myself it was only owing to
the additional fatigue that my
absence has ocaʃsioned, & that I
know & am positive you are not
equal to; yet I feel for you sincerly
my Dear Friend, & shall beg to
know the causes, I am one of those
that think that it in some small
measure relieves ones mind, the
opening ones Bosom to a Friend,
be aʃsured you never will have
reason to repent the doing it with me



tho perhaps it may not be in my
power to be of eʃsential service, but
be aʃsured my Dear it would make
me happy if I could, & that I
would try every method. You
will easily imagine how much I
wish to return, & I will not give
up all hopes, thank God the
Dear Children are quite well, &
it is to be washed all over again
to night therefore it appears to
me impoʃsible that there can
be any infection left, nor will
any thing convince me to the
contrary but as I am not to
decide it is of little consequence,
their Spirits are beyond what you
can imagine, & I do aʃsure you
that I am surprised that I am



not quite distracted, for they never
leave me from ½ pt 7 in the Morg till they go
to Bed at night except the hour
I am at Dinner. My Dr have
God Bleʃs you, do not exert
yr self too much, be aʃsured that
every body is convinced that you
gdo beyond what yr Strength
will allow believe me very
                             faithfuly yrs
                                                         Affect
MCG

the Children
desire their Love, I scarcely
know what I write they make
such an inceʃsant Noise

pt Seven
                             3d. May 1779 --




A thousand thanks
for all the good thing[s]
you sent --

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My Dear

I am sincerely hurt, to find that you have
any real cause for your present lowness,
for I flattered myself it was only owing to
the additional fatigue that my
absence has occasioned, & that I
know & am positive you are not
equal to; yet I feel for you sincerely
my Dear Friend, & shall beg to
know the causes, I am one of those
that think that it in some small
measure relieves ones mind, the
opening ones Bosom to a Friend,
be assured you never will have
reason to repent the doing it with me



though perhaps it may not be in my
power to be of essential service, but
be assured my Dear it would make
me happy if I could, & that I
would try every method. You
will easily imagine how much I
wish to return, & I will not give
up all hopes, thank God the
Dear Children are quite well, &
it is to be washed all over again
to night therefore it appears to
me impossible that there can
be any infection left, nor will
any thing convince me to the
contrary but as I am not to
decide it is of little consequence,
their Spirits are beyond what you
can imagine, & I do assure you
that I am surprised that I am



not quite distracted, for they never
leave me from ½ past 7 in the Morning till they go
to Bed at night except the hour
I am at Dinner. My Dear have
God Bless you, do not exert
your self too much, be assured that
every body is convinced that you
do beyond what your Strength
will allow believe me very
                             faithfully yours
                                                         Affectionately
Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

the Children
desire their Love, I scarcely
know what I write they make
such an incessant Noise

past Seven
                            



A thousand thanks
for all the good things
you sent --

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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/1/14/20

Correspondence Details

Author: Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 3 May 1779

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton, concerning Hamilton’s low spirits and the royal children. She believes that 'opening one['] Bosom to a Friend' relieves one's mind, and she assures Hamilton that 'you never will have reason to repent the doing it with me.' She is thankful that the royal children are all well and 'it appears to me impossible that there can be any infection left.' Their spirits 'are beyond what you can imagine', and they never leave Goldsworthy, from half past seven in the morning until they go to bed, except for the hour when Goldsworthy is at dinner.
    Original reference No. 18.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 321 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 2017/18 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

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

Transliterator: David Denison (submitted February 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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