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HAM/1/4/1/22

Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


      July 1782

      Dear Miʃs Hamilton,

You will no doubt have been surprised that we shou'd
have permitted you to remain so long in ignorance of
what has become of us since we left you; prepare now
for a still greater surprize we mean to set out for England
in a few days, for Geneva is now a place of all others the
most unfavourable for the residence of Strangers, torn to pieces
by internal divisions, which are not likely to subside, and
oppreʃs'd by crowds of Foreign Troops. The detail of all the e=
vents
I have been witneʃs to wou'd lead me beyond the bounds
of a letter, I shall therefore defer entering upon the subject till
we have the pleasure of meeting. The objects I had in view cou'd
not be answerd at this time in Geneva I therefore judged it
more prudent to return without making further experiments.
I have objections to France, & still greater to Italy. I have
agreed to leave my Son at Geneva under the care of a Man
universally respected he is Professor of the Belles Lettres of the
Accademy[1] & has educated many Persons already eminent for



learning & abilities. I am aʃsured he is to be depended upon in every
respect; you may believe that nothing but the hopes of superior ad=
vantages
cou'd persuade me to come away without my Son. Mrs. Hamilton
is more recover'd than I cou'd have expected & will I hope be soon
perfectly well she desires with my Daughter to be affectionately
remember'd to you       I am
                                                         Dear Miʃs Hamilton,
                                                         Your faithful & Affectionate Uncle
                                                                   Frederick Hamilton
Secheron, near Geneva
      July 24th. 1782.[2]

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 1. Author spells academy in HAM/1/4/1/28; cf. here Italian Accademia.
 2. These two lines appear to left of closing salutation and signature.

Normalised Text



      Dear Miss Hamilton,

You will no doubt have been surprised that we should
have permitted you to remain so long in ignorance of
what has become of us since we left you; prepare now
for a still greater surprise we mean to set out for England
in a few days, for Geneva is now a place of all others the
most unfavourable for the residence of Strangers, torn to pieces
by internal divisions, which are not likely to subside, and
oppress'd by crowds of Foreign Troops. The detail of all the events
I have been witness to would lead me beyond the bounds
of a letter, I shall therefore defer entering upon the subject till
we have the pleasure of meeting. The objects I had in view could
not be answered at this time in Geneva I therefore judged it
more prudent to return without making further experiments.
I have objections to France, & still greater to Italy. I have
agreed to leave my Son at Geneva under the care of a Man
universally respected he is Professor of the Belles Lettres of the
Academy & has educated many Persons already eminent for



learning & abilities. I am assured he is to be depended upon in every
respect; you may believe that nothing but the hopes of superior advantages
could persuade me to come away without my Son. Mrs. Hamilton
is more recover'd than I could have expected & will I hope be soon
perfectly well she desires with my Daughter to be affectionately
remember'd to you       I am
                                                         Dear Miss Hamilton,
                                                         Your faithful & Affectionate Uncle
                                                                   Frederick Hamilton
Secheron, near Geneva
      July 24th. 1782.

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 1. Author spells academy in HAM/1/4/1/28; cf. here Italian Accademia.
 2. These two lines appear to left of closing salutation and 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/1/4/1/22

Correspondence Details

Author: Frederick Hamilton

Place sent: Secheron, near Geneva

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 24 July 1782

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. He writes that he will leave for England in a few days as he reports Geneva is 'being torn to pieces by internal divisions' and is no place for 'strangers' at the present time. His son, however, is to stay in Geneva under the care of a Professor of Belles Lettres at the Academy. He notes that this will be very beneficial to his son, else he would not have been persuaded to leave him there.
    Dated at Secheron near Geneva, [Switzerland].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 275 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 2013/14 provided by G.L. Brook bequest, University of Manchester.

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

Transliterator: Emma Kelly, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: Iago Valin-Lopez, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: Olivia Skinner, 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: 3 August 2020

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