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HAM/1/5/2/3

Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton

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Wandsworth hill Sepr. 4th
1781


      I am sorry my dear Miʃs
Hamilton you should think me so negligent
as to have omitted answ'ring your kind
Letter; I thought my last would have
reached you before you left Windsor or
would not have directed it there -- Lady
Stormont & the Child continue perfectly well
she wished very much to write to you but
I thought it more prudent to check her in
that & insisted upon being her Secretary --
she complains that I am very arbitrary
and desires, as I wont let her speak for
herself that I will tell you how happy
she shall be to have the pleasure of your
company at the little Boy's Christening &
that she hopes you will if poʃsible contrive
to come here, she thinks of having the ceremony
performed on Sunday se'nnight but if Saturday



should be more convenient & agreeable to
you she will very willingly change the
day -- she begs you will give her Compts.
to Coll. Greville[1] & desire he will keep himself
unengaged for that occasion -- Lady Stormont['s]
Coq de perle necklace was delivered into Mr.
Duval's hands yesterday morning --           Adieu
my dear Miʃs Hamilton I am interrupted
and must therefore conclude believe me
ever
                                                         yr. very affecte- &c
Elizath. M. Murray


Papa desires his
best Compts- & joins
with me in hoping you
will favor us with yr. Company

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Notes


 1. Colonel Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824), cousin of Mary Hamilton.

Normalised Text


Wandsworth hill September 4th


      I am sorry my dear Miss
Hamilton you should think me so negligent
as to have omitted answ'ring your kind
Letter; I thought my last would have
reached you before you left Windsor or
would not have directed it there -- Lady
Stormont & the Child continue perfectly well
she wished very much to write to you but
I thought it more prudent to check her in
that & insisted upon being her Secretary --
she complains that I am very arbitrary
and desires, as I won't let her speak for
herself that I will tell you how happy
she shall be to have the pleasure of your
company at the little Boy's Christening &
that she hopes you will if possible contrive
to come here, she thinks of having the ceremony
performed on Sunday se'nnight but if Saturday



should be more convenient & agreeable to
you she will very willingly change the
day -- she begs you will give her Compliments
to Colonel Greville & desires he will keep himself
unengaged for that occasion -- Lady Stormont's
Coq de perle necklace was delivered into Mr.
Duval's hands yesterday morning --           Adieu
my dear Miss Hamilton I am interrupted
and must therefore conclude believe me
ever
                                                         your very affectionate &c
Elizabeth Mary Murray


Papa desires his
best Compliments & joins
with me in hoping you
will favor us with your Company

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 1. Colonel Robert Fulke Greville (1751-1824), cousin 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/1/5/2/3

Correspondence Details

Author: Elizabeth Murray

Place sent: Wandsworth

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Windsor (certainty: high)

Date sent: 4 September 1781

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to Lady Stormont and invites Hamilton to the christening of her son. Sunday week (16 September) is suggested, but Lady Stormont is willing to change the day to Saturday (8 September) if that would suit Hamilton better. Murray is looking after Lady Stormont after the birth of her son and insists on being her secretary and writing her correspondence for her. The letter also notes that Lady Stormont's 'Coq de perle necklace was delivered into Mr. Duval's hands yesterday'.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 230 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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