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HAM/1/5/3/2

Letter from Charles Francis Greville to John Dickenson

Diplomatic Text


Mr. Greville writes for Lady Stormont
to announce Mrs. Graham's death           1792


      Dear Sir



      I have been deʃired toby Ly. Stormont[1] to
request you would communicate to Mrs. Dickenʃon
the severe loʃs she has experienced by the death
of Mrs. Graham,[2] the accounts of which arrived
last Night, The last resource of a Sea Voyage
did not check the progreʃs of her Illneʃs, the only
consolation we have ariʃes from our knowing
that her last moments were composed & Easy,
& Excluʃive of the Eminent Skill of Dr Webster
as a Physician; the particular attentions which
he has shewn contributed much to alleviate the
distreʃs of Mr G. & Miʃs Cathcart. They will attend
her remains to Bourdeaux, & from thence
proceed by Sea or Land as Circumstances occur



      I should not have taken the pen, if I was
not sure you would excuʃe Ld. C[3] & Ly S. for having
employed me on this painful occaʃion.
      It gives me the opportunity of aʃsuring you
& Mrs. Dickenʃon that I am with sincere
      regard
                             Your most faithful Humle Sert
                                                         C F Greville
Portland place.
      July 13 1792.[4]

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Notes


 1. Louisa Murray (née Cathcart), Viscountess of Stormont (c1758-1843), married to David Murray (1727-1796) and cousin of Mary Hamilton. Also cousin of Charles Francis Greville.
 2. See also HAM/1/17/195 and HAM/1/12.
 3. Probably Lieutenant-Colonel William Schaw Cathcart, 10th Lord Cathcart (1755-1843), Scottish soldier and diplomatist and cousin of Mary Hamilton, Charles Francis Greville and Lady Stormont.
 4. This dateline appears to the left of the signature.

Normalised Text




      Dear Sir



      I have been desired by Lady Stormont to
request you would communicate to Mrs. Dickenson
the severe loss she has experienced by the death
of Mrs. Graham, the accounts of which arrived
last Night, The last resort of a Sea Voyage
did not check the progress of her Illness, the only
consolation we have arises from our knowing
that her last moments were composed & Easy,
& Exclusive of the Eminent Skill of Dr Webster
as a Physician; the particular attentions which
he has shown contributed much to alleviate the
distress of Mr Graham & Miss Cathcart. They will attend
her remains to Bordeaux, & from thence
proceed by Sea or Land as Circumstances occur



      I should not have taken the pen, if I was
not sure you would excuse Lord C & Lady Stormont for having
employed me on this painful occasion.
      It gives me the opportunity of assuring you
& Mrs. Dickenson that I am with sincere
      regard
                             Your most faithful Humble Servant
                                                         Charles Francis Greville
Portland place.
      July 13 1792.

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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 cousin of Charles Francis Greville.
 2. See also HAM/1/17/195 and HAM/1/12.
 3. Probably Lieutenant-Colonel William Schaw Cathcart, 10th Lord Cathcart (1755-1843), Scottish soldier and diplomatist and cousin of Mary Hamilton, Charles Francis Greville and Lady Stormont.
 4. This dateline appears to the left of the signature.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Charles Francis Greville to John Dickenson

Shelfmark: HAM/1/5/3/2

Correspondence Details

Author: Charles Francis Greville

Place sent: London

Addressee: John Dickenson

Place received: Taxal, Chapel-en-le-Frith (certainty: low)

Date sent: 13 July 1792

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Charles Greville to John Dickenson. The letter relates to the death of a Mrs Graham, of which Lady Stormont [Louisa Murray (née Cathcart), Viscountess of Stormont, cousin of Mary Hamilton and Charles Francis Greville] desired Greville to inform Hamilton.
    Dated at Portland Place, [London].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 175 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: Samuel Potter, 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: 3 August 2020

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