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HAM/1/14/39

Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton

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41

Queens Lodge Friday --
31st. March 1780


Yesterday I had no time to write, as I should
my Dear have thanked you for your excellent
Epistles, but I went to see Dr Lady Charlotte
the Queen went with the Princeʃs's to see
the Stag turned out, & graciously offered
to send me to Harleyford, which I gladly
accepted, & really found her upon the
whole better then I expected, her Deafneʃs
I own would not strike me, but she complains
more of the uneasy feel of in her Head
& the violent fit of Coughing she
still has Morg & Evg, I think her looks
are not bad, nor do I find her too much
fallen away, I am clear that what
I always suspected is true & that
Ld Winchilseas departure &c&c is the



cause of her Complaint, she talked of him
to me & cryed, so Lady Louisa said she
had done with her, & she thinks her
Disorder greatly Nervous. I am happy
to hear my Dear Prʃs Elizh mends, I think
of her perpetually & if my earnest
Prayers could succeed she would
soon be quite well. The Princeʃs's are
gone out with the Queen, it may seem
odd, but I litteraly do not know where
they are gone, tho I rather suspect to
Mr Nevills, our Life here is so much
the same that it can not afford
Subject for a Letter. Miʃs Planta is
as usual the most pleasing best humored
Creature that can be, & is of infinite
Service to me, I hope she is better
& upon the whole flatter myself
the change of Air will have been of



Service to her. Adieu my Dst I hope
you are really well, Love to Mou Mou[1]
& Chi, Chi,[2] & believe me
                             most Affy
                             Ys
MCGoldsworthy






I was to have enclosed
a Letter to Pʃs Elzh
from Pʃs Augusta
but she is in a perverse
fit and I have declared I will not send it --


Miʃs Hamilton[3]
                             St
                             James's[4]

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Notes


 1. Probably the French teacher, Mlle Suzanne Moula.
 2. Chi-Chi, apparently the pet-name of Mrs Louisa Cheveley, nurse to Princess Amelia (Stuart 1939, citing Burney).
 3. Postmark 'WINDS[OR]' to right of address panel when unfolded.
 4. Moved address here from the middle of p.3, written vertically.

Normalised Text



Queens Lodge Friday --


Yesterday I had no time to write, as I should
my Dear have thanked you for your excellent
Epistles, but I went to see Dear Lady Charlotte
the Queen went with the Princesses to see
the Stag turned out, & graciously offered
to send me to Harleyford, which I gladly
accepted, & really found her upon the
whole better than I expected, her Deafness
I own would not strike me, but she complains
more of the uneasy feel in her Head
& the violent fit of Coughing she
still has Morning & Evening, I think her looks
are not bad, nor do I find her too much
fallen away, I am clear that what
I always suspected is true & that
Lord Winchilseas departure &c&c is the



cause of her Complaint, she talked of him
to me & cried, so Lady Louisa said she
had done with her, & she thinks her
Disorder greatly Nervous. I am happy
to hear my Dear Princess Elizabeth mends, I think
of her perpetually & if my earnest
Prayers could succeed she would
soon be quite well. The Princesses are
gone out with the Queen, it may seem
odd, but I literally do not know where
they are gone, though I rather suspect to
Mr Nevills, our Life here is so much
the same that it can not afford
Subject for a Letter. Miss Planta is
as usual the most pleasing best humored
Creature that can be, & is of infinite
Service to me, I hope she is better
& upon the whole flatter myself
the change of Air will have been of



Service to her. Adieu my Dearest I hope
you are really well, Love to Mou Mou
& Chi, Chi, & believe me
                             most Affectionately
                             Yours
Martha Carolina Goldsworthy






I was to have enclosed
a Letter to Princess Elizabeth
from Princess Augusta
but she is in a perverse
fit and I have declared I will not send it --


Miss Hamilton
                             St
                             James's

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 1. Probably the French teacher, Mlle Suzanne Moula.
 2. Chi-Chi, apparently the pet-name of Mrs Louisa Cheveley, nurse to Princess Amelia (Stuart 1939, citing Burney).
 3. Postmark 'WINDS[OR]' to right of address panel when unfolded.
 4. Moved address here from the middle of p.3, written vertically.

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/1/14/39

Correspondence Details

Author: Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

Place sent: Windsor

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: London

Date sent: 31 March 1780

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton. She describes a visit to Lady Charlotte Finch, and writes approvingly of Miss Planta. She reports that Finch is suffering from an 'uneasy feeling in her Head' and violent coughing fits morning and evening. 'I am clear that what I always suspected is true & that L[or]d Winchilsea[']s departure &c &c is the cause of her Complaint, she talked of him to me & cryed.' Goldsworthy is pleased to hear that Princess Elizabeth's condition is improving. The princesses have gone out with the Queen and Goldsworthy comments that 'it may seem odd, but I litteraly do not know where they are gone, tho I rather suspect to Mr Nevills.' She adds that 'Miss Planta [Margaret Planta (1754-1834), another attendant to the princesses] is as usual the most pleasing best humored Creature that can be, & is of infinite Service to me.'
    Dated at the Queens Lodge.
    Original reference No. 41.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 333 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: Emily Morgan, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted May 2018)

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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