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Letter from Reverend Archibald Hamilton Cathcart to Mary Hamilton

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Wolverton Septr 18 1807


Dear Mrs Dickenson

      It will gave me the greatest
pleasure to accept of your kind Invitation
& to have the pleasure of waiting on you
the 15th of next month. Mrs Cathcart is
equally obliged to you for your attention
in thinking of her but she finds it eʃsential
situated at no great distance from many
Friends to keep invariably the resolution
of not sleeping from home.
      Many thanks for your kind congratulations,
tho I never doubted my Dearest Brother would
do justice to the confidence reposed in him
yet I am in the highest degree elated
that he has terminated the difficult



busineʃs alotted to him with a hand so masterly
that History will perpetuate the recollection
of it. My Sister of course can feel no ailment
at this moment, she has not been quite
well lately however. I have not heard
one word of our good Friend since he
left us but I seldom hear from him
regularly. I am always so glad when I
meet with any one who knows him.
      Mrs Cathcart joins me in best regards
to yourself Mr & Miʃs Dickenson & I remain
                                                         most Affectly Yrs
AH Cathcart




Mrs Dickenson
Leighton House
Leighton Buzard
Beds

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Wolverton September 18 1807


Dear Mrs Dickenson

      It will give me the greatest
pleasure to accept of your kind Invitation
& to have the pleasure of waiting on you
the 15th of next month. Mrs Cathcart is
equally obliged to you for your attention
in thinking of her but she finds it essential
situated at no great distance from many
Friends to keep invariably the resolution
of not sleeping from home.
      Many thanks for your kind congratulations,
though I never doubted my Dearest Brother would
do justice to the confidence reposed in him
yet I am in the highest degree elated
that he has terminated the difficult



business alotted to him with a hand so masterly
that History will perpetuate the recollection
of it. My Sister of course can feel no ailment
at this moment, she has not been quite
well lately however. I have not heard
one word of our good Friend since he
left us but I seldom hear from him
regularly. I am always so glad when I
meet with any one who knows him.
      Mrs Cathcart joins me in best regards
to yourself Mr & Miss Dickenson & I remain
                                                         most Affectionately Yours
Archibald Hamilton Cathcart




Mrs Dickenson
Leighton House
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire

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Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Reverend Archibald Hamilton Cathcart to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/5/1/1

Correspondence Details

Author: Archibald Hamilton Cathcart

Place sent: Wolverton

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

Date sent: 15 September 1807

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Rev. Hon. Archibald Hamilton Cathcart to Mary Hamilton. The letter conveys general family news. Cathcart is to visit Hamilton next month and he reports that his brother has finished 'the difficult business' and 'with a hand so masterly that History will perpetuate the recollection of it'.
    [By 1807, Cathcart's brother, William Schaw Cathcart, was Commander-in-Chief of the military forces in Scotland, although much of his tenure was taken up with actions on the Continent. In the latter part of this year there was a fear that the French might attempt to commandeer the Danish Fleet then at Copenhagen, and Cathcart was sent to the area to take over the fleet and gain control of the city. After the Danes refused to surrender, the city was laid siege to and the British took control. Cathcart was awarded a peerage on his return.]
   

Length: 1 sheet, 207 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 2014/15 and 2015/16 provided by the Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Donald Alasdair Morrison, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Hollie Barker, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted November 2014)

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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