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HAM/1/4/1/2

Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

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1777

Dear Miʃs Hamilton

      I did myself the pleasure of writing to you some time ago
in relation to a very obliging letter I receiv'd from you; and I have
now the satisfaction of acquainting you that Mr. John Stratford[1]
second Son of the Earl of Aldborough has made proposals for
my Daughter which have been accepted & that the marriage
will take place in a few days. Mr. Stratford is a young man
of a most amiable character & disposition, he is at present
in poʃseʃsion of a good estate & has great expectations from his
Father who is one of the richest men in Ireland & in his
86th. year, so that it is on all hands thought a most ad=
vantageous
match for my Daughter, who with Mrs. H. and
myself desire to be affectionately remember'd to you &
Mr. Hamilton I am
                             Dear Miʃs Hamilton,
                             Your faithful Humble Servt.
Frederick Hamilton


Gardiner's Row
March 1st. 1777[2]

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Notes


 1. John Stratford, 3rd Earl of Aldborough (c.1742-1823), husband of Elizabeth Stratford (née Hamilton) (d. 1811), cousin of Mary Hamilton and daughter of Reverend Frederick Hamilton.
 2. These two lines appear to left of signature.

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Dear Miss Hamilton

      I did myself the pleasure of writing to you some time ago
in relation to a very obliging letter I receiv'd from you; and I have
now the satisfaction of acquainting you that Mr. John Stratford
second Son of the Earl of Aldborough has made proposals for
my Daughter which have been accepted & that the marriage
will take place in a few days. Mr. Stratford is a young man
of a most amiable character & disposition, he is at present
in possession of a good estate & has great expectations from his
Father who is one of the richest men in Ireland & in his
86th. year, so that it is on all hands thought a most advantageous
match for my Daughter, who with Mrs. Hamilton and
myself desire to be affectionately remember'd to you &
Mr. Hamilton I am
                             Dear Miss Hamilton,
                             Your faithful Humble Servant
Frederick Hamilton


Gardiner's Row
March 1st. 1777

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 1. John Stratford, 3rd Earl of Aldborough (c.1742-1823), husband of Elizabeth Stratford (née Hamilton) (d. 1811), cousin of Mary Hamilton and daughter of Reverend Frederick Hamilton.
 2. These two lines appear to left of signature.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/1/2

Correspondence Details

Author: Frederick Hamilton

Place sent: Dublin (certainty: medium)

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 1 March 1777

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. The letter informs Mary Hamilton of the engagement of his daughter, Elizabeth [to John Stratford, 3rd Earl of Aldborough (c.1742-1823), second son of John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough, MP for Baltinglass and for Wicklow County in the Irish House of Commons], and that the marriage will take place in a few days. John Stratford is described as having a 'most amiable character & disposition'. He reports that he has a good estate and will inherit well from his father, who is 'one of the richest men in Ireland & in his 86th year'. He describes the match as a very advantageous one for his daughter. [The couple married the following month.]
   

Length: 1 sheet, 158 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 2013/14 provided by G.L. Brook bequest, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: George Bailey, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Momina Mohammed, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: James Kidd, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

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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