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HAM/1/5/2/6

Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton

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                             I am infinitely obliged
to you my dear Miʃs Hamilton for being so
good to think of me I beg you to accept my
best thanks for your kind present I fear I
have robbed you of all your fine Chalk &
I am sorry to say I am not deserving of
that precious commodity -- I hope you
have had no return of the inflammation
in your Eyes & that you are now perfectly
well I hope to hear good accounts of our
dear friends at Bulstrode I believe Ld.
Mansfield[1] & my Father will have the
pleasure of making a visit there in a few
days, I am sure you will be glad to hear
that Ld. Mansfield is returned to us in
good health & spirits, he came to Wandsworth
Hill yesterday & we got here to dinner to day
and found my Aunts quite well they desire



to be kindly remembered to you -- accept
my sincere good wishes & believe me dear
Miʃs Hamilton
                             your sincere &
                             affectionate
Eliz. M. Murray

Kenwood
Octr. 12th. 1784[2]

I must not forget to tell you that our
Plants are safely arrived here & are in
perfect health --

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Notes


 1. William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1704/5-1793), great uncle of Elizabeth Murray.
 2. This dateline is written to the left of the closing salutation and signature. It is possible that the year was written by Murray rather than, as assumed provisionally here, added later by Hamilton.

Normalised Text


                             I am infinitely obliged
to you my dear Miss Hamilton for being so
good to think of me I beg you to accept my
best thanks for your kind present I fear I
have robbed you of all your fine Chalk &
I am sorry to say I am not deserving of
that precious commodity -- I hope you
have had no return of the inflammation
in your Eyes & that you are now perfectly
well I hope to hear good accounts of our
dear friends at Bulstrode I believe Lord
Mansfield & my Father will have the
pleasure of making a visit there in a few
days, I am sure you will be glad to hear
that Lord Mansfield is returned to us in
good health & spirits, he came to Wandsworth
Hill yesterday & we got here to dinner to day
and found my Aunts quite well they desire



to be kindly remembered to you -- accept
my sincere good wishes & believe me dear
Miss Hamilton
                             your sincere &
                             affectionate
Elizabeth Mary Murray

Kenwood
October 12th.

I must not forget to tell you that our
Plants are safely arrived here & are in
perfect health --

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 1. William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1704/5-1793), great uncle of Elizabeth Murray.
 2. This dateline is written to the left of the closing salutation and signature. It is possible that the year was written by Murray rather than, as assumed provisionally here, added later by 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/1/5/2/6

Correspondence Details

Author: Elizabeth Murray

Place sent: Kenwood

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 12 October 1784

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Elizabeth Murray to Mary Hamilton, conveying general family news. Murray sends her thanks to Hamilton for a gift of chalk. Hamilton had been suffering from 'inflammation in [her] Eyes', which Murray hopes has now improved. She hopes to hear some good news from their friends at Bulstrode, the Duchess of Portland and Mrs Delany [Mary Delany (née Granville) (1700-1788), English Bluestocking, artist, and letter-writer], and notes that Lord Mansfield [William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1704/5-1793), great uncle of Elizabeth Murray] and her father, Lord Stormont, are to visit there shortly, and that Lord Mansfield is now at Kenwood and is in good health. Murray concludes her letter by informing Hamilton of the safe arrival of the plants at Kenwood.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 196 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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