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Notes from Charlotte Margaret Gunning to Mary Hamilton

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[1]

25

[2]
7th May 1788[3]

My dear Friend! How fare you & your dear little Louisa
I think it an age since I have seen you, indeed it is very
long since last Thursday & then you only staid a minute
come & breakfast with me tomorrow morning, I shall
go to Chapel & walk till 9 & then breakfast you had bette[r]
do so too, or if that is too early come at 9 -- if you
are engaged tomorrow, come Friday & spend the morning
with me, I want to see you in comfort & have never don[e]
it but when you have been occupied & anxious -- I have
not recovered Ld Henry's vararies[4] last night, about whi[ch]
I feel too much to say anything, he is infinitly beyond
praise & encomiun -- adieu my dear -- my Father
returns Friday, I believe we shall go with him to Harrowga[te]
in a fortnight -- ever your affec: C.M. Gunning

Wednesday
antient M. to night[5]







[6]

10th May 1788

My dear, I was very much provoked to have miʃsed
you this morning -- I stayed at home expecting you all
yesterday, this was a great diʃsappointment to me, &
I am very sorry to hear that Mr D- is not well --
if it does not rain I will certainly come to you
tomorrow morning, or be glad to see you at breakfas[t]
as to the Evening I can say nothing, because I am
at this minute expecting my Father, & if he does      
not come to day I shall expect him tomorrow --
if he does not come & that you are naturally to be
at home I will come to you between from 8 to ten ocloc[k]
(for I dine out) -- but I will not have you stay at home
for me as I am so uncertain about my Father --
adieu God bleʃs you my dear -- affec: yours C.M.G
Saturday --


10th May 1788
London
[7]

10th May 1788           1788[8]






[9]
My dear Friend! I found your note last night
when I returned home half dead with the fatigue
of the installation -- not having any answer from
you to my note of Sunday morning, I did not call on
you in the Evening -- thank God you are well again!
I cannot come to you this Evening because we hav[e]
a great many people to dine with us who w[i]ll
stay till ten oclock I suppose -- tomorrow I ------
out of Town -- if you are disengaged Frida[y I]
will spend the Evening with you -- let me know
that in time -- we go out of Town early tomorrow
morning so I cannot come to breakfast, as for Mr
Digby I know nothing of him, he has been at Bath
this month & when I heard last it was from thence
but I know not when he returns -- adieu my dear      
Friend, God bleʃs you -- I was yesterday up before 7 --
& from 9 till 4 in Henry 7th. Chapel. tired to death --
                                                         Tuesday --

21st May 1788


21 May
1788
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[11]
My dear, it rains so -- I cannot come to you
& as company dines here I must dreʃs to receive
them -- God bleʃs you, I shall see you soon in Town
or at Richmond, for I intend going next week to Ly
Binnings & shall come to you from thence      
adieu my dear Friend -- C.M.G. affectionatly --

June 1788

June 1788[12]




[13]
My dear Friend, having met Mr Dickenson after I called
on you, I told him I could not then go to the opera -- I therefore
did not answer the two little notes I found from you when
I returned home -- I should have liked vastly to have met you
in the Box, but upon finding that Ly Cun: could not go, I engagd
myself to stay the Evening where I dined which was at Mrs
Gally's in great Ruʃsel Street -- to day we have been long engagd
to dine at Woronzows[14] the Russian Minister's, where we shall
perhaps stay late, so that I could not give you this Evening.
will you dine with me tomorrow & stay with me till half
after seven when I go to Mrs Wilmots to Musick, & when I
will set you down at home? adieu my dear Friend
God bleʃs you -- C.M. Gunning --
Sunday 8th. June 1788

Mrs Dickenson[15]

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 1. Four notes are pasted together facing one way, with a fifth note pasted to the back of the others. Each note occupies a separate image, sometimes also showing part of the back of previous notes.
 2. First note.
 3. All dates added in pencil have been provisionally ascribed to a single hand.
 4. If the reading is correct, it perhaps represents a slip for vagaries.
 5. Moved postscript (ps1) here from back of first note.
 6. Second note.
 7. Moved dateline (dt1) here from back of second note, written vertically.
 8. Moved this date (dt2) from right margin, written vertically.
 9. Third note.
 10. Moved this date (dt3) from right margin, written vertically.
 11. Fourth note.
 12. Moved this date (dt4) from right margin, written vertically.
 13. Fifth note.
 14. Count Simon Romanovitch Woronzow (also Semyon Vorontsov) (1744-1832), Russian ambassador in London 1784-1806.
 15. Moved address here from back of third note, written upside down.

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My dear Friend! How fare you & your dear little Louisa
I think it an age since I have seen you, indeed it is very
long since last Thursday & then you only stayed a minute
come & breakfast with me tomorrow morning, I shall
go to Chapel & walk till 9 & then breakfast you had better
do so too, or if that is too early come at 9 -- if you
are engaged tomorrow, come Friday & spend the morning
with me, I want to see you in comfort & have never done
it but when you have been occupied & anxious -- I have
not recovered Lord Henry's vararies last night, about which
I feel too much to say anything, he is infinitely beyond
praise & encomium -- adieu my dear -- my Father
returns Friday, I believe we shall go with him to Harrogate
in a fortnight -- ever your affectionate Charlotte Margaret Gunning

Wednesday
ancient Music to night











My dear, I was very much provoked to have missed
you this morning -- I stayed at home expecting you all
yesterday, this was a great disappointment to me, &
I am very sorry to hear that Mr Dickenson is not well --
if it does not rain I will certainly come to you
tomorrow morning, or be glad to see you at breakfast
as to the Evening I can say nothing, because I am
at this minute expecting my Father, & if he does      
not come to day I shall expect him tomorrow --
if he does not come & that you are naturally to be
at home I will come to you from 8 to ten oclock
(for I dine out) -- but I will not have you stay at home
for me as I am so uncertain about my Father --
adieu God bless you my dear -- affectionately yours Charlotte Margaret Gunning
Saturday --












My dear Friend! I found your note last night
when I returned home half dead with the fatigue
of the installation -- not having any answer from
you to my note of Sunday morning, I did not call on
you in the Evening -- thank God you are well again!
I cannot come to you this Evening because we have
a great many people to dine with us who will
stay till ten oclock I suppose -- tomorrow I ------
out of Town -- if you are disengaged Friday I
will spend the Evening with you -- let me know
that in time -- we go out of Town early tomorrow
morning so I cannot come to breakfast, as for Mr
Digby I know nothing of him, he has been at Bath
this month & when I heard last it was from thence
but I know not when he returns -- adieu my dear      
Friend, God bless you -- I was yesterday up before 7 --
& from 9 till 4 in Henry 7th. Chapel. tired to death --
                                                         Tuesday --











My dear, it rains so -- I cannot come to you
& as company dines here I must dress to receive
them -- God bless you, I shall see you soon in Town
or at Richmond, for I intend going next week to Lady
Binnings & shall come to you from thence      
adieu my dear Friend -- Charlotte Margaret Gunning affectionately --









My dear Friend, having met Mr Dickenson after I called
on you, I told him I could not then go to the opera -- I therefore
did not answer the two little notes I found from you when
I returned home -- I should have liked vastly to have met you
in the Box, but upon finding that Lady Cun: could not go, I engaged
myself to stay the Evening where I dined which was at Mrs
Gally's in great Russell Street -- to day we have been long engaged
to dine at Woronzows the Russian Minister's, where we shall
perhaps stay late, so that I could not give you this Evening.
will you dine with me tomorrow & stay with me till half
after seven when I go to Mrs Wilmots to Music, & when I
will set you down at home? adieu my dear Friend
God bless you -- Charlotte Margaret Gunning --
Sunday 8th. June

Mrs Dickenson

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 1. Four notes are pasted together facing one way, with a fifth note pasted to the back of the others. Each note occupies a separate image, sometimes also showing part of the back of previous notes.
 2. First note.
 3. All dates added in pencil have been provisionally ascribed to a single hand.
 4. If the reading is correct, it perhaps represents a slip for vagaries.
 5. Moved postscript (ps1) here from back of first note.
 6. Second note.
 7. Moved dateline (dt1) here from back of second note, written vertically.
 8. Moved this date (dt2) from right margin, written vertically.
 9. Third note.
 10. Moved this date (dt3) from right margin, written vertically.
 11. Fourth note.
 12. Moved this date (dt4) from right margin, written vertically.
 13. Fifth note.
 14. Count Simon Romanovitch Woronzow (also Semyon Vorontsov) (1744-1832), Russian ambassador in London 1784-1806.
 15. Moved address here from back of third note, written upside down.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Notes from Charlotte Margaret Gunning to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/15/1/28

Correspondence Details

Author: Charlotte Margaret Gunning

Place sent: London (certainty: medium)

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: London (certainty: medium)

Date sent: 7, 10, 21 May and 8 June 1788

Letter Description

Summary: Five notes from Charlotte Gunning to Mary Hamilton. In the first note, dated 7 May 1788, Gunning asks Hamilton to breakfast with her. In the second note, dated 10 May 1788, Gunning writes on general news about her family and notes that she intends to call on Hamilton if it does not rain. The third note, dated 21 May 1788, relates to general news of Gunning's social life. The fourth note is dated June 1788, in which Gunning writes that she cannot visit Hamilton. The final note, dated 8 June 1788, relates to Gunning not being able to attend the opera.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 691 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: Isabella Formisano, former MA student, University of Manchester

Research assistant: Carla Seabra-Dacosta, MA student, University of Vigo

Transliterator: Georgia Wadsworth, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted May 2016)

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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