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HAM/1/14/44

Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton

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33.

Kew House Saturday Afternoon

1st. July 1780


I can not inclose a Letter without writing a couple
of lines with it, to thank you my Dear for
your welcome Epistle, I hope to hear you have
begun to ------ & that you are much the better
for it, -- Their Majesties came home yesterdy
Evg, which I am sincerely glad of, I take
the first moment to go and see my Friend
Lady Cowper, which visit I own I am
aprehensive of, as I much fear I shall
find her very ill. Rupert says we all
go to Windsor next Friday, and are to do so
every Friday, & return here every Wedy the
little Princes likewise I shall know for
certain by Thursday & will in my
Letter to Dear Lady Charlotte mention
it. I am very happy you spend yr-



time so much to your Satisfaction, & feel
very sincerely all the kind things you
say to me on that Subject, believe me
I am not Selfish, & it is a comfort to
me to think & know that my Friends
are happy. We have now as their Majesties
are here additional Guards, and at Night
a Patrole of Dragoons, however every thing
is quiet for the present in London.[1]
I shall hope to hear that you recd the
Silk Stockings & a Locket safe, they
went last Saturday by the Lewes Coach --
Pray give my Affte Duty to Dear Prʃs
Elizth, her three Sisters are at Dinner
with their Majesties and the Elder Princes,
Prʃs Mary however has dined, but
sits by, & nothing can be more charming



than her whole Behaviour -- God Bleʃs
you my Dear Friend, Love to Dear
Lady Charlotte
                                                         Affy Yr-
      MCGoldsworthy

be careful about your Letters, as I should
have been obliged to shew yours but I
burnt it purposely the Night before
I was to see the Queen, therefore what
you wish should not be seen write
upon a Separate Piece of Paper --




Miʃs G.
      July 1st 1780

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 1. This letter is dated less than a month after the Gordon Riots.

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Kew House Saturday Afternoon



I can not enclose a Letter without writing a couple
of lines with it, to thank you my Dear for
your welcome Epistle, I hope to hear you have
begun to ------ & that you are much the better
for it, -- Their Majesties came home yesterday
Evening, which I am sincerely glad of, I take
the first moment to go and see my Friend
Lady Cowper, which visit I own I am
apprehensive of, as I much fear I shall
find her very ill. Rupert says we all
go to Windsor next Friday, and are to do so
every Friday, & return here every Wednesday the
little Princes likewise I shall know for
certain by Thursday & will in my
Letter to Dear Lady Charlotte mention
it. I am very happy you spend your



time so much to your Satisfaction, & feel
very sincerely all the kind things you
say to me on that Subject, believe me
I am not Selfish, & it is a comfort to
me to think & know that my Friends
are happy. We have now as their Majesties
are here additional Guards, and at Night
a Patrol of Dragoons, however every thing
is quiet for the present in London.
I shall hope to hear that you received the
Silk Stockings & a Locket safe, they
went last Saturday by the Lewes Coach --
Pray give my Affectionate Duty to Dear Princess
Elizabeth, her three Sisters are at Dinner
with their Majesties and the Elder Princes,
Princess Mary however has dined, but
sits by, & nothing can be more charming



than her whole Behaviour -- God Bless
you my Dear Friend, Love to Dear
Lady Charlotte
                                                         Affectionately Your
      Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

be careful about your Letters, as I should
have been obliged to show yours but I
burnt it purposely the Night before
I was to see the Queen, therefore what
you wish should not be seen write
upon a Separate Piece of Paper --




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 1. This letter is dated less than a month after the Gordon Riots.

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/1/14/44

Correspondence Details

Author: Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

Place sent: Kew

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 1 July 1780

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Martha Carolina Goldsworthy to Mary Hamilton. She writes with general news and of friends at Court and with how her time is spent. She reports that the King and Queen retuned the previous evening and that she is very glad of it and notes that there are a number of additional guards at the house and a patrol of Dragoons.
    Goldsworthy is happy that Hamilton's spirits have improved as she notes that she is not selfish and it is a comfort to her to know that her friends are happy. She ends her letter advising Hamilton to be 'careful' of her letters and notes that she purposely burnt a letter the night before she was to go to the Queen.
    Dated at Kew House.
    Original reference No. 33.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 329 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 2018/19 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Chenming Gao, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Catharina Gaby Romero, MA student, Uppsala University (submitted June 2019)

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: 2 April 2020

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