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HAM/1/4/1/31

Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

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Feb /87

Dear Mrs. Dickenson

      I am extremely glad to hear that you are recover=
ing
so well after your confinement & that your little
acquisition is also in so good a state Mrs. Hamilton
& my Daughter who desire to be rememberd to you, saw
Miʃs Ann Clarke yesterday, who gave them this
agreeable information. You will do me the favor
to give five guineas for me to your Nurse, which I
will repay you with many thanks by the first op=
portunity
. I have a Paper to be signed by you and
Mr. Dickenson relative to your Bond which I dis=
charged
last year; I suppose I may have a chance
of seeing him in London, if not I will send the Paper
to him, with the neceʃsary instructions. My House
is advancing extremely well, its situation is beyond
measure beautiful & I believe the plan will not



     
be disapproved of, my great object is that it may
hereafter be worth to my family nearly the money that
I shall expend upon it; it is no doubt rather upon
too great a scale for me, but you know when some=
thing
moderate only is intended, our ideas enlarge
as we advance, this is too often the case, & if we parry
the censure of vanity, it is difficult to escape that
of want of proper resolution. Dont expect news
from me, in such a place as Bath every thing is
known immediately -- Robert is very well & grown
a great size, the last time I saw him, when Madame
Chauvet reproach'd him for having a dirty face he
answerd, je vous demande excuse c'est ma barbe
Madame. I beg you will present my Compts. to
Mr. Dickenson & believe me
                             Dear Madam
                             Your faithful & Affectionate
                                                         Humble Servant
Frederick Hamilton

Oxford Street No. 248
Feby. 19th. 1787.[1]

      Mr. Hamilton
Feby 1787
[2]

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 1. This dateline appears on left side of the closing salutation, at bottom of p.3.
 2. Moved annotation here from top of p.2.

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Dear Mrs. Dickenson

      I am extremely glad to hear that you are recovering
so well after your confinement & that your little
acquisition is also in so good a state Mrs. Hamilton
& my Daughter who desire to be remembered to you, saw
Miss Anne Clarke yesterday, who gave them this
agreeable information. You will do me the favor
to give five guineas for me to your Nurse, which I
will repay you with many thanks by the first opportunity
. I have a Paper to be signed by you and
Mr. Dickenson relative to your Bond which I discharged
last year; I suppose I may have a chance
of seeing him in London, if not I will send the Paper
to him, with the necessary instructions. My House
is advancing extremely well, its situation is beyond
measure beautiful & I believe the plan will not



     
be disapproved of, my great object is that it may
hereafter be worth to my family nearly the money that
I shall expend upon it; it is no doubt rather upon
too great a scale for me, but you know when something
moderate only is intended, our ideas enlarge
as we advance, this is too often the case, & if we parry
the censure of vanity, it is difficult to escape that
of want of proper resolution. Dont expect news
from me, in such a place as Bath every thing is
known immediately -- Robert is very well & grown
a great size, the last time I saw him, when Madame
Chauvet reproach'd him for having a dirty face he
answered, je vous demande excuse c'est ma barbe
Madame. I beg you will present my Compliments to
Mr. Dickenson & believe me
                             Dear Madam
                             Your faithful & Affectionate
                                                         Humble Servant
Frederick Hamilton

Oxford Street No. 248
February 19th. 1787.

     

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 1. This dateline appears on left side of the closing salutation, at bottom of p.3.
 2. Moved annotation here from top of p.2.

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/1/4/1/31

Correspondence Details

Author: Frederick Hamilton

Place sent: London

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Taxal, Chapel-en-le-Frith (certainty: medium)

Date sent: 19 February 1787

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. He writes that he is glad to hear that Mary Hamilton is recovering from her confinement and that her 'little acquisition' [her daughter Louisa] is also well. He asks that she give five guineas to her nurse on his behalf, which he will repay shortly. The letter also talks of business matters, specifically relating to Mary Hamilton's heritable bond, and family news.
    Dated at Oxford Street, [London].
   

Length: 2 sheets, 303 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 2016/17 provided by The John Rylands Research Institute.

Research assistant: Sarah Connor, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

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

Transliterator: Erik Smitterberg, Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University (submitted May 2017)

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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