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HAM/1/4/2/8

Letter from Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson

Diplomatic Text


      Dear Sir

      I did myself the pleasure of writing to you on
Friday the 25th. of September, acquainting you that I had
received official notice of a vancancy of a Cornetcy in
the 10th. Dragoons; & that it was expected that I shou'd
immediately make a deposite of the purchase money ac=
cording
to the regulated price; without which the recom=
mendation
of my Son cou'd not be given in to the Secretary
at War, for his Majesty's approbation. Having many months
ago obtain'd General Pitt's consent to receive my Son into his
Regiment, I find myself now in the most unpleasant si=
tuation
in not being prepared to do what is neceʃsary upon
the occasion. This was the purport of my last letter to you,
expreʃsing my acceptance of your most obliging offer to ac=
commodate
me with a Thousand Pounds, till it cou'd
be got upon the security of an Heritable Bond upon my
Estate in Scotland, which my Agent informs me he expects



to receive on the 11th. of November next. As there has been
sufficient time for a return of a letter from Taxal had you
been there, I am very uneasy lest it shou'd have remain'd
there to be given to you on your return from Park gate, where
I shou'd have directed it, had I imagined you cou'd have
remained there so long. You will easily account for my
uneasineʃs, when I inform you, that I am in daily expec=
tation
of receiving a peremptory order to lodge the money.
      Tho' your answer to my letter may probably be on its way,
yet for fear of a disappointment I thought it advisable
to make a second application, directing it to be forwarded
in case of your absence from home. I remain with great regard
                             Dear Sir
                             Your faithful & Affecte. Humble Servt
Frederick Hamilton

Oxford Street 249
      October 2d. 1789



                            

John Dickenson Junr. Esqr.[1]
Taxal Park Gate
Chapel de la Frith
near Chester.
Derbyshire

to be forwarded
if absent[2]

John Dickinson esq
      Park Gate
                             Chester.
      Sat.
[3]


Frederick Hamilton
to Mr Dickenson.
Oct. 1789. from
Oxford St.
[4]


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Notes


 1. Postmarks 'OC 2 89' above address and (largely obscured) 'MANCH[ES]TE[R]' over it.
 2. These two lines appear to the left of the last lines of the original address.
 3. This cleanly rewritten address for redirection appears upside down below the original address when unfolded.
 4. Moved annotation here from the right side of p.3 when unfolded, written vertically.

Normalised Text


      Dear Sir

      I did myself the pleasure of writing to you on
Friday the 25th. of September, acquainting you that I had
received official notice of a vacancy of a Cornetcy in
the 10th. Dragoons; & that it was expected that I should
immediately make a deposit of the purchase money according
to the regulated price; without which the recommendation
of my Son could not be given in to the Secretary
at War, for his Majesty's approbation. Having many months
ago obtain'd General Pitt's consent to receive my Son into his
Regiment, I find myself now in the most unpleasant situation
in not being prepared to do what is necessary upon
the occasion. This was the purport of my last letter to you,
expressing my acceptance of your most obliging offer to accommodate
me with a Thousand Pounds, till it could
be got upon the security of an Heritable Bond upon my
Estate in Scotland, which my Agent informs me he expects



to receive on the 11th. of November next. As there has been
sufficient time for a return of a letter from Taxal had you
been there, I am very uneasy lest it should have remain'd
there to be given to you on your return from Parkgate, where
I should have directed it, had I imagined you could have
remained there so long. You will easily account for my
uneasiness, when I inform you, that I am in daily expectation
of receiving a peremptory order to lodge the money.
      though your answer to my letter may probably be on its way,
yet for fear of a disappointment I thought it advisable
to make a second application, directing it to be forwarded
in case of your absence from home. I remain with great regard
                             Dear Sir
                             Your faithful & Affectionate Humble Servant
Frederick Hamilton

Oxford Street 249
      October 2d. 1789



                            

John Dickenson Junior esquire





to be forwarded
if absent





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 1. Postmarks 'OC 2 89' above address and (largely obscured) 'MANCH[ES]TE[R]' over it.
 2. These two lines appear to the left of the last lines of the original address.
 3. This cleanly rewritten address for redirection appears upside down below the original address when unfolded.
 4. Moved annotation here from the right side of p.3 when unfolded, written vertically.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/2/8

Correspondence Details

Author: Frederick Hamilton

Place sent: London

Addressee: John Dickenson

Place received: Taxal, Chapel-en-le-Frith / Parkgate, Wirral, Cheshire

Date sent: 2 October 1789

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson. The letter relates to the £1000 payment to secure a position of cornet in the 10th Dragoons for Robert Hamilton. Frederick Hamilton writes that he has not received the money that Mr Dickenson had offered and which he had accepted (in his letter dated 25 September 1789, HAM/1/4/2/7), and although an answer to his letter is probably on its way, he thinks it advisable to send Dickenson a second application.
    Dated at Oxford Street, [London].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 319 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: Sarah Wolff, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: Ciara Cusack, 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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