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HAM/1/4/7/23

Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Charles Hamilton

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7

Mr. F. Hamilton
to his Brother (17766)
at Northampton from
Ipswich
[1]

to Mr. Charles Hamilton


      Dear Brother,

      As we have now been here near a month I may venture to
affirm that I have at last fixed upon an agreeable place, for
so I find Ipswich in every particular. The country about it is
charming & the air remarkably good. The people are remarkably
sociable, & have been almost unanimous in showing us every
poʃsible civility, this I attribute in great measure to my friend
Mr. Lloyd who has a very good Estate in the neighbourhood of
Ipswich & who made it his busineʃs to recommend me very par=
ticularly
to every Person of consequence in it. Having now no expec=
tations
of further Preferment I do not mean to make any more ex=
peditions
to Ireland with my family, as I find the expence & trouble
of moving too great, when my Affairs call me there, I can go over
for two or three months at a time alone, without very great in=
convenience
, & if I can be allow'd to enjoy what I have in this way I
shall be perfectly satisfied. Finding it impoʃsible to get Lodgings
that can be put up with, I have already purchased a neat small



House & Garden in the best part of the Town which I intend as
a settlement for Mrs. Hamilton in case of my death as she can fix in
no place with equal advantage, & if fortunately that event is pro=
longued
only a few years it will I hope be very suitable to her
finances, in the mean time it is a very comfortable residence
for us both, the purchase with furniture &c amounts to at least
£700 which will oblige me to observe a very strict oeconomy for some
time. I shall be very happy to hear of your having taken poʃ=
seʃsion
of your new habitation & that you find it perfectly to your
mind; Ld Orwell gave me, the other day, a very satisfactory account of
it; for being particularly connected with Ld Hallifax, he has been very frequent=
ly
at Ldy. Ann Jekyl's. Ld. Beauchamp called upon us here last week & con=
firm'd
the news of Ld. Bristol's having succeeded his Father as Ld. Lt. of Ireland
if I cou'd ever be certain of any thing, I am sure he is totally unqualified for
that Office, he owes it intirely to Ld. Chatham to whom he has pay'd court for
these ten years past. Pray remember us to Mrs. & Miʃs Hamilton, my Wife
has been confined all this day to her bed by a violent sore throat, a disorder
very frequent here at present as well as fevers. Betty is tolerably well
& desires to be rememberd to her friends at Northampton Adieu Dr. Brother
believe me ever
                                                         Yours most Affectionately
Frederick Hamilton

Ipswich September 28th. 1766.[2]
                             Suffolk

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 1. These four lines appear to the right of the opening salutation.
 2. This line appears to the left of the signature.

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      Dear Brother,

      As we have now been here near a month I may venture to
affirm that I have at last fixed upon an agreeable place, for
so I find Ipswich in every particular. The country about it is
charming & the air remarkably good. The people are remarkably
sociable, & have been almost unanimous in showing us every
possible civility, this I attribute in great measure to my friend
Mr. Lloyd who has a very good Estate in the neighbourhood of
Ipswich & who made it his business to recommend me very particularly
to every Person of consequence in it. Having now no expectations
of further Preferment I do not mean to make any more expeditions
to Ireland with my family, as I find the expense & trouble
of moving too great, when my Affairs call me there, I can go over
for two or three months at a time alone, without very great inconvenience
, & if I can be allow'd to enjoy what I have in this way I
shall be perfectly satisfied. Finding it impossible to get Lodgings
that can be put up with, I have already purchased a neat small



House & Garden in the best part of the Town which I intend as
a settlement for Mrs. Hamilton in case of my death as she can fix in
no place with equal advantage, & if fortunately that event is prolonged
only a few years it will I hope be very suitable to her
finances, in the mean time it is a very comfortable residence
for us both, the purchase with furniture &c amounts to at least
£700 which will oblige me to observe a very strict economy for some
time. I shall be very happy to hear of your having taken possession
of your new habitation & that you find it perfectly to your
mind; Lord Orwell gave me, the other day, a very satisfactory account of
it; for being particularly connected with Lord Halifax, he has been very frequently
at Lady Ann Jekyll's. Lord Beauchamp called upon us here last week & confirm'd
the news of Lord Bristol's having succeeded his Father as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
if I could ever be certain of any thing, I am sure he is totally unqualified for
that Office, he owes it entirely to Lord Chatham to whom he has pay'd court for
these ten years past. Pray remember us to Mrs. & Miss Hamilton, my Wife
has been confined all this day to her bed by a violent sore throat, a disorder
very frequent here at present as well as fevers. Betty is tolerably well
& desires to be remembered to her friends at Northampton Adieu Dear Brother
believe me ever
                                                         Yours most Affectionately
Frederick Hamilton

Ipswich September 28th. 1766.
                            

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 1. These four lines appear to the right of the opening salutation.
 2. This line appears to the left of the signature.

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Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Charles Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/7/23

Correspondence Details

Author: Frederick Hamilton

Place sent: Ipswich

Addressee: Charles Hamilton

Place received: Northampton

Date sent: 28 September 1766

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Frederick Hamilton to his brother Charles Hamilton, concerning his intentions of settling in Ipswich. He writes of his connections there, the benefits of the air and society, and notes that he need only return to Ireland for two or three months each year, which he will be able to do without too much inconvenience. The letter He also writes with news of friends and acquaintances. Lady Beauchamp called on him and confirmed the news that Lord Bristol had succeeded his father as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland -- 'I am sure he is totally unqualified for that Office, he owes it intirely [sic] to L[or]d Chatham to whom he has pay'd court for these ten years past'. Dated at Ipswich.
    Original reference No. 7.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 464 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 2017/18 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Georgia Tutt, MA student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Shiqi Li, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted May 2018)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, The John Rylands Library

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Revision date: 13 April 2020

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