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HAM/1/6/6/1

Letter from Eva Maria Garrick to Mary Hamilton

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      Do not impute it to any neglect
of mine My Dear Miʃs Hamilton Your
not having heared from me; I never
received your note till this day when I
came to the Adelphi where it Lay ever
since; and where I have not been
before this six weeks.
      I was again with Mrs: Montagu, and
very happy I was indeed; for she is a
charming Mistreʃs of her house. will
You believe when I tell you that I
Danced at two Balls at Sandleford?
Yes I did and performed my part very
well. My partner was the Master of
the feast at the Harvest-home, a
jolly old framer, who never Danced



before in his life. Think of my Bold
undertaking; but it afforded a most mirth-
ful
Scene to the Company, and to my poor
hands plenty of blue spots.
      Miʃs More was not at Sandleford,
the Primate of Ireland was expected,
and there were no Spare rooms left.
Since my return to Hampton, I have
dined twice with Mrs: Walsingham,
who asked much after you; but par=
ticularly
if you were married: I told
her that it would not be till after
Christms. have I said right? will
not that be the time? is your dear
mind at rest? I hope all goes on as
You could wish. I love you most
Sincerely, Your welfare is therefore
nearest at my heart! and that, which must
make you happy, I most devoutly wish may



be soon accomplished. I had almost forgot to talk
to You about, that abominable book Les sent
Nouvelles[1] &c -- I give you my word and honor
that I never looked into them when they were
sent to you; but when I saw your note, I had
the curiosity to see what offended you in them.
I was shocked to Death with seeing the pictures
only, without reading the Stories. you must
have thought me rude to let such a book
go out of my house; but I am sorry they
are in it, as such books would make me rather


sick then merry if I were obliged to read
them. Adieu! and believe me to be
                                                         Your most
                                                         faithful
                                                                   M: Garrick

      Adelphi Novr. the 2d: 1784
I will send this to your house as I do not know where you
may be by this time.



      4d

To
Miʃs Hamilton[2]
at her Grace the Dutcheʃs
of Portlands Bulstrode
      Near Gerrards Croʃs
                             Bucks

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Notes


 1. Presumably a French edition of Les cent nouvelles.
 2. The rest of the address appears to be written in an unknown hand.

Normalised Text



      Do not impute it to any neglect
of mine My Dear Miss Hamilton Your
not having heard from me; I never
received your note till this day when I
came to the Adelphi where it Lay ever
since; and where I have not been
before this six weeks.
      I was again with Mrs: Montagu, and
very happy I was indeed; for she is a
charming Mistress of her house. will
You believe when I tell you that I
Danced at two Balls at Sandleford?
Yes I did and performed my part very
well. My partner was the Master of
the feast at the Harvest-home, a
jolly old farmer, who never Danced



before in his life. Think of my Bold
undertaking; but it afforded a most mirthful
Scene to the Company, and to my poor
hands plenty of blue spots.
      Miss More was not at Sandleford,
the Primate of Ireland was expected,
and there were no Spare rooms left.
Since my return to Hampton, I have
dined twice with Mrs: Walsingham,
who asked much after you; but particularly
if you were married: I told
her that it would not be till after
Christmas. have I said right? will
not that be the time? is your dear
mind at rest? I hope all goes on as
You could wish. I love you most
Sincerely, Your welfare is therefore
nearest at my heart! and that, which must
make you happy, I most devoutly wish may



be soon accomplished. I had almost forgotten to talk
to You about, that abominable book Les Cent
Nouvelles &c -- I give you my word and honour
that I never looked into them when they were
sent to you; but when I saw your note, I had
the curiosity to see what offended you in them.
I was shocked to Death with seeing the pictures
only, without reading the Stories. you must
have thought me rude to let such a book
go out of my house; but I am sorry they
are in it, as such books would make me rather


sick than merry if I were obliged to read
them. Adieu! and believe me to be
                                                         Your most
                                                         faithful
                                                                   Maria Garrick

      Adelphi November the 2d: 1784
I will send this to your house as I do not know where you
may be by this time.




To
Miss Hamilton
at her Grace the Duchess
of Portlands Bulstrode
      Near Gerrards Cross
                             Buckinghamshire

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 1. Presumably a French edition of Les cent nouvelles.
 2. The rest of the address appears to be written in an unknown hand.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Eva Maria Garrick to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/6/6/1

Correspondence Details

Author: Eva Maria Garrick (née Veigel)

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: Bulstrode, near Gerrards Cross

Date sent: 2 November 1784

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Eva Maria Garrick to Mary Hamilton. She writes that Hamilton's last note was addressed to the Adelphi, where she has not been for six weeks. She had visited Mrs Montagu and asks Hamilton: 'will You believe when I tell you that I Danced at two Balls at Sandleford? Yes I did and performed my part very well'. Her partner was a 'jolly old [farmer]' who had never danced before. She continues that it was a 'bold undertaking', but that the company found it amusing. The letter continues on mutual acquaintances. Hannah Harper More was not visiting Sandleford at that time. On Garrick's return to Hampton, Mrs [Charlotte] Walsingham asked after Hamilton, wishing to know if she was yet married. Garrick also refers to a book Les Cent Nouvelles that was sent to Hamilton and which is described as 'abominable'. After seeing Hamilton's note about the book offending her, Garrick was curious. 'I was shocked to Death with seeing the pictures only, without reading the Stories'. She continues that such books would make her 'rather sick th[a]n merry'.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 402 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).

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Acknowledgements: XML version: Research Assistant funding in 2016/17 provided by The John Rylands Research Institute.

Research assistant: Isabella Formisano, former MA student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Andrew Gott, dissertation student, University of Manchester (submitted June 2012)

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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