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HAM/1/4/7/8

Letter from Mrs James [Harriet] Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

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35


Royal hotel
Pall Mall[1]
Friday 13th
Janry 1809


My Dear Mrs Dickenson,

      Had I not been confined
for the last three weeks to my room with
a violent cold and fever, I should certainly
have written to you before to tell you all
about my Marriage, as I am Vain enough
to think that after our very long
acquaintance you are kind enough
as to interest yourself about every
One of us. My wedding took place in
such a hurry that I had time for nothing
or else believe me you should have been
acquainted with my intentions, especially
as I understand that there is some
kind of connection between you &
Mr. Hamilton's family, at least so



Mr. Cathcart made out one day at Swanburne
if so I am indeed greatly flattered at
the chance, which has made me claim
a relationship with you, and if poʃsible
I now feel more warmly then ever
the friendship which I have always
had for each individual of your family.
When I left Swanburne, I gave Justine
Strict orders to send you favours,
but I find that so few were sent
from London that the people present
run away with the whole Stock, you
must however take the will for
the deed and allow me to aʃsure
You that tho' I have seen so little
of you for some Year's past that I
can never forget the kindneʃs you



shewed us when at Linslade. Justine
joins with me in best love to yourself
Mr. Dickenson and our Old friend
Louisa, Mr. Hamilton begs me to
add that he will be most
Anxious to be introduced to
you and that he is Most
Proud at the honor of being
related to One who he knows
has always proved such a Sincere
friend to his little Wife
      Ever believe me Dear Mrs
Dickenson,
                                                         Your's Very Sincerely
Harriet Hamilton




Mrs Dickenson[2]
Leighton House
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire

Mrs. James Hamilton
Answered
Janry 1809
[3]

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Notes


 1. 'Nos. 92-93 Pall Mall: The Royal Hotel': see http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vols29-30/pt1/p352.
 2. Postmark 'C JA 15 1809' to left of address when unfolded.
 3. These lines appear to the right of the address panel when unfolded, written vertically.

Normalised Text




Royal hotel
Pall Mall
Friday 13th


My Dear Mrs Dickenson,

      Had I not been confined
for the last three weeks to my room with
a violent cold and fever, I should certainly
have written to you before to tell you all
about my Marriage, as I am Vain enough
to think that after our very long
acquaintance you are kind enough
as to interest yourself about every
One of us. My wedding took place in
such a hurry that I had time for nothing
or else believe me you should have been
acquainted with my intentions, especially
as I understand that there is some
kind of connection between you &
Mr. Hamilton's family, at least so



Mr. Cathcart made out one day at Swanburne
if so I am indeed greatly flattered at
the chance, which has made me claim
a relationship with you, and if possible
I now feel more warmly then ever
the friendship which I have always
had for each individual of your family.
When I left Swanburne, I gave Justine
Strict orders to send you favours,
but I find that so few were sent
from London that the people present
run away with the whole Stock, you
must however take the will for
the deed and allow me to assure
You that though I have seen so little
of you for some Year's past that I
can never forget the kindness you



shewed us when at Linslade. Justine
joins with me in best love to yourself
Mr. Dickenson and our Old friend
Louisa, Mr. Hamilton begs me to
add that he will be most
Anxious to be introduced to
you and that he is Most
Proud at the honor of being
related to One who he knows
has always proved such a Sincere
friend to his little Wife
      Ever believe me Dear Mrs
Dickenson,
                                                         Your's Very Sincerely
Harriet Hamilton




Mrs Dickenson
Leighton House
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire

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 1. 'Nos. 92-93 Pall Mall: The Royal Hotel': see http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vols29-30/pt1/p352.
 2. Postmark 'C JA 15 1809' to left of address when unfolded.
 3. These lines appear to the right of the address panel when unfolded, written vertically.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Mrs James [Harriet] Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/7/8

Correspondence Details

Author: Harriet Hamilton

Place sent: London

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

Date sent: 13 January 1809

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mrs James [Harriet] Hamilton [possible Harriet Wynne (see HAM/1/20/219)] to Mary Hamilton, on the subject of her recent marriage. She writes of being an old acquaintance of the Hamiltons and of being flattered that she can now call herself a relation.
    Original reference No. 35.
   

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: Thomas Dalton, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted December 2013)

Transliterator: William Quamina, 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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