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HAM/1/4/5/11

Letter from Lady Catherine Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

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10
Jany. 5th.      1779

on death of her MotherNov 23. 1778


My Dear Miʃs Hamilton

                             I cannot omit taking the
very first opportunity of telling you how sincerely
I condole with you upon the melancholy
news I receiv'd last Post from Lady Dartrey,
I regret being at too great a distance to prove
more eʃsentially to you the very sincere &
tender affection I feel for you. I most sincerely
regret poor Mrs. Hamilton, I had a real esteem
& regard for her, & so (I believe) had every one who
had so great a knowledge of her good qua=
=litys
as I had, but by Lady Dartreys account
she had suffer'd so long that her departure
must have been a real release to herself,
& thank God she had the comfort of seeing
you in so happy a situation that it must
have taken a considerable weight off her
mind, & that I am sure must be a most
pleasing reflection, & a balm to your tender
Affectionate Heart, mine overflows with



with
kindneʃs to you, & I embrace you with
the most cordial Affection. I have thank'd
your amicable, respectable friend Ly Dartrey
for her kindneʃs to you, but not half as
much as I would do, her friendship I
look upon to be one of the most eʃsential
Bleʃsings you poʃseʃs, for I fear there are
not many hearts like hers. -- We have
lately been witneʃses to a sad scene here,
------ were among the small number in
the Country at the time of the Hereditary
Prince of Naples Death, & had melancholy
proofs that the Diadem cannot shield from
shokes like these, nor from the Grief wch.
must ensue the poor Queen just ready to
lie in has severely felt the loʃs of her
favourite Child. I have been obliged to write
several disagreeable letters of bus'neʃs by this
Post which has quite worn me out, therefore



will not add more for the present than
to tell you I will write you a longer letter
in a Post or two, Sr Wlm. is gone out shooting
with The King, but he charg'd me before
he went to aʃsure you of his sincere regard
& Affection, & that he join'd with me in
condoling with you upon your loʃs. Adieu
My Dear Miʃs Hamilton, be aʃsured that
neither distance of time or place can ever
alter the true regard with wch. I am
                             Yr Most Affectionate Aunt
                                                         & faithfull friend
C Hamilton

Naples
Janry. 5th 1779




To
Miʃs Hamilton


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My Dear Miss Hamilton

                             I cannot omit taking the
very first opportunity of telling you how sincerely
I condole with you upon the melancholy
news I receiv'd last Post from Lady Dartrey,
I regret being at too great a distance to prove
more essentially to you the very sincere &
tender affection I feel for you. I most sincerely
regret poor Mrs. Hamilton, I had a real esteem
& regard for her, & so (I believe) had every one who
had so great a knowledge of her good qualitys
as I had, but by Lady Dartreys account
she had suffer'd so long that her departure
must have been a real release to herself,
& thank God she had the comfort of seeing
you in so happy a situation that it must
have taken a considerable weight off her
mind, & that I am sure must be a most
pleasing reflection, & a balm to your tender
Affectionate Heart, mine overflows with



kindness to you, & I embrace you with
the most cordial Affection. I have thank'd
your amicable, respectable friend Lady Dartrey
for her kindness to you, but not half as
much as I would do, her friendship I
look upon to be one of the most essential
Blessings you possess, for I fear there are
not many hearts like hers. -- We have
lately been witnesses to a sad scene here,
------ were among the small number in
the Country at the time of the Hereditary
Prince of Naples Death, & had melancholy
proofs that the Diadem cannot shield from
shokes like these, nor from the Grief which
must ensue the poor Queen just ready to
lie in has severely felt the loss of her
favourite Child. I have been obliged to write
several disagreeable letters of bus'ness by this
Post which has quite worn me out, therefore



will not add more for the present than
to tell you I will write you a longer letter
in a Post or two, Sir William is gone out shooting
with The King, but he charg'd me before
he went to assure you of his sincere regard
& Affection, & that he join'd with me in
condoling with you upon your loss. Adieu
My Dear Miss Hamilton, be assured that
neither distance of time or place can ever
alter the true regard with which I am
                             Your Most Affectionate Aunt
                                                         & faithfull friend
Catherine Hamilton

Naples
January 5th 1779




To
Miss Hamilton


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Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Lady Catherine Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/5/11

Correspondence Details

Author: Lady Catherine Hamilton

Place sent: Naples

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 5 January 1779

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Lady Catherine Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to the death of Mary Hamilton's mother and also to the death of the 'hereditary Prince' of Naples. Lady Catherine offers her condolences to Mary, 'but by Lady Dartreys account she had suffer'd so long that her departure must have been a real release to herself'. Sir William has gone shooting with the King, but he has asked her to send his affection and condolences to Mary.
    Dated at Naples.
    Original reference No. 10.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 409 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 Conlon, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: Xiaoxin Ou, 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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