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HAM/1/5/2/2

Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton

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Wandsworth hill Augst. 27th-
1781

      A thousand thanks my
dear Miʃs Hamilton for your kind Letter
I have the pleasure to tell you that our
dear Lady Stormont[1] goes on vastly well
she has been up for a little while these two
last days & continues nursing her Boy who
is in perfect health -- she begs the favor
of you to present her duty to the Queen
with many thanks to her Majesty for so
graciously enquiring after her -- I aʃsure
you she is very prudent & takes great
care of herself -- I don't think if she was
otherwise that I could be any check upon
her for I dont believe she has so great an
opinion of my matronly care as my good
friends at Windsor -- I am highly flattered
by all the civil things contained in your Letter



and Postcript concerning me, & only wish
I deserved them -- I aʃsure you, you may
be quite easy about Lady Stormont for she
is amazingly well & so tractable that she
readily submits to every thing Nurse Hill
orders -- Adieu my dear Miʃs Hamilton
accept the sincere good wishes of all your
friends at Wandsworth -- & believe me
                                                         yr. very affecte.
Elizath. M. Murray


Be so good to present my Compts. to Coll. Greville
and tell him I had a letter yesterday from Ly.
Frances Harpur[2] who says she intends coming
to Town in about a fortnight in her way to
Margate --

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 1. Louisa Murray (née Cathcart), Viscountess of Stormont (c1758-1843), married to David Murray (1727-1796) and cousin of Mary Hamilton. Also stepmother of Elizabeth Murray.
 2. Colonel Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824) and Lady Frances Harpur (née Greville) (1744-1825), cousins of Mary Hamilton.

Normalised Text


Wandsworth hill August 27th-

      A thousand thanks my
dear Miss Hamilton for your kind Letter
I have the pleasure to tell you that our
dear Lady Stormont goes on vastly well
she has been up for a little while these two
last days & continues nursing her Boy who
is in perfect health -- she begs the favor
of you to present her duty to the Queen
with many thanks to her Majesty for so
graciously enquiring after her -- I assure
you she is very prudent & takes great
care of herself -- I don't think if she was
otherwise that I could be any check upon
her for I don't believe she has so great an
opinion of my matronly care as my good
friends at Windsor -- I am highly flattered
by all the civil things contained in your Letter



and Postscript concerning me, & only wish
I deserved them -- I assure you, you may
be quite easy about Lady Stormont for she
is amazingly well & so tractable that she
readily submits to every thing Nurse Hill
orders -- Adieu my dear Miss Hamilton
accept the sincere good wishes of all your
friends at Wandsworth -- & believe me
                                                         your very affectionate
Elizabeth Mary Murray


Be so good to present my Compliments to Colonel Greville
and tell him I had a letter yesterday from Lady
Frances Harpur who says she intends coming
to Town in about a fortnight in her way to
Margate --

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 1. Louisa Murray (née Cathcart), Viscountess of Stormont (c1758-1843), married to David Murray (1727-1796) and cousin of Mary Hamilton. Also stepmother of Elizabeth Murray.
 2. Colonel Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824) and Lady Frances Harpur (née Greville) (1744-1825), cousins of Mary Hamilton.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/5/2/2

Correspondence Details

Author: Elizabeth Murray

Place sent: Wandsworth

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Windsor (certainty: low)

Date sent: 27 August 1781

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton. The letter updates Hamilton on the health of Lady Stormont and her newly-born son, and asks that Hamilton present her thanks to the Queen for enquiring after her. Lady Stormont is very well and is 'so tractable that she readily submits to every thing Nurse Hill orders'.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 241 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 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: Nerea Rodríguez-Estévez, dissertation student, University of Vigo (submitted March 2015)

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: 2 April 2020

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