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HAM/1/5/2/22

Letter from Mary Hamilton to sister of Wilhelmina Murray

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22

1st. Janry 1796


      My heart has been very severely
wrung this day my dearest Madam[1]
by unexpectedly hearing of an event, --
sad sad indeed to me, -- but O how much
more sad to you & Admiral Murray.
The grief that oppreʃses me prevents
my sayingadding more than that I intreat
you will have the goodneʃs to let
me know how you are in health, if
not by your own hand by that of some
mutual friend. And I earnestly beg for the
sake of that very excellent Woman[2]
who is lost to us (for a time only I
think) that you will esteem me
amongst the number of Yr very sincere
attached & afft. friends you poʃseʃs Mrs: Dickenson



      It wld be some little satisfaction to me to
me
to be inform'd if my dr departed friend
recd. a very long letter I sent abt. 6 weeks ago

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Notes


 1. The addressee can only be the sister of Wilhelmina Murray who resides with the Murrays and joins in warm salutations to Mary Hamilton and her family in all Wilhelmina's letters from 1785 to 1794 (HAM/1/5/2/7, etc.; note especially HAM/1/5/2/20).
 2. Wilhelmina Murray, who had died on 28 December 1795 (ODNB in the entry for George Murray, naval officer, 1741-97).

Normalised Text



1st. January 1796


      My heart has been very severely
wrung this day my dearest Madam
by unexpectedly hearing of an event, --
sad sad indeed to me, -- but O how much
more sad to you & Admiral Murray.
The grief that oppresses me prevents
my adding more than that I entreat
you will have the goodness to let
me know how you are in health, if
not by your own hand by that of some
mutual friend. And I earnestly beg for the
sake of that very excellent Woman
who is lost to us (for a time only I
think) that you will esteem me
amongst the number of Your very sincere
attached & affectionate friends you possess Mrs: Dickenson



      It would be some little satisfaction to me
to be inform'd if my dear departed friend
received a very long letter I sent about 6 weeks ago

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 1. The addressee can only be the sister of Wilhelmina Murray who resides with the Murrays and joins in warm salutations to Mary Hamilton and her family in all Wilhelmina's letters from 1785 to 1794 (HAM/1/5/2/7, etc.; note especially HAM/1/5/2/20).
 2. Wilhelmina Murray, who had died on 28 December 1795 (ODNB in the entry for George Murray, naval officer, 1741-97).

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Mary Hamilton to sister of Wilhelmina Murray

Shelfmark: HAM/1/5/2/22

Correspondence Details

Author: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: sister of Wilhelmina Murray [unidentified]

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 1 January 1796

Letter Description

Summary: Draft letter from Mary Hamilton, apparently to Wilhelmina Murray's sister. She sends condolences to her and to Admiral [George] Murray after 'unexpectedly hearing of an event [Wilhelmina's death], sad sad indeed to me - but O how much more sad to you & Admiral Murray'. She adds that it would be 'some little satisfaction to me' to be informed if her 'd[ea]r departed friend' had received a very long letter Mary sent about six weeks ago.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 146 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: Isabella Formisano, former MA student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Kathryn Baldwin, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted May 2016)

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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