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HAM/1/6/8/10

Letter from John Hope to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


      Forgive me my dear, Miʃs Hamilton, for
not waiting on you to Tea. -- The Sorrows
of my friends & those of my FriendOwn are
too much for me in one day. -- I have
taken a Walk of two hours, to drive
away Care; but am come home rather
more burthen'd with Thought, than
when I ʃuddenly left your House. --
      If you ʃhould not hereafter ʃee
me so frequently as I could wiʃh,
impute it not to Ingratitude for the
Share your Mama & you have
taken in my Distreʃs, but to my
unwillingneʃs to prove troubleʃome
to my friends, or to disturb their happier
cheerful Hours. -- When I am ʃerene
I ʃhall pay my Respects to my friends
again, 'till then my beʃt & fervent
Wiʃhes attend them. -- Your ʃincereʃt
                                                         Friend

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Normalised Text


      Forgive me my dear, Miss Hamilton, for
not waiting on you to Tea. -- The Sorrows
of my friends & those of my Own are
too much for me in one day. -- I have
taken a Walk of two hours, to drive
away Care; but am come home rather
more burthen'd with Thought, than
when I suddenly left your House. --
      If you should not hereafter see
me so frequently as I could wish,
impute it not to Ingratitude for the
Share your Mama & you have
taken in my Distress, but to my
unwillingness to prove troublesome
to my friends, or to disturb their happier
cheerful Hours. -- When I am serene
I shall pay my Respects to my friends
again, 'till then my best & fervent
Wishes attend them. -- Your sincerest
                                                         Friend

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Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from John Hope to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/6/8/10

Correspondence Details

Author: John Hope

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: n.d.

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from John Hope to Mary Hamilton, concerning his distress. He apologises to Hamilton for not waiting on her to tea but that his own and his friends sorrows are too much for him in one day. He has walked for two hours in an attempt to ‘drive away his cares’ but has returned more burdened than he was before he left her house. Hope writes that if he does not visit her as often it is not through ingratitude to the concern that Hamilton and her mother have taken in his distress but to his own resolve not to be troublesome to his friends.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 131 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 2018/19 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Chenming Gao, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: Emma Alonso-Ramonet, dissertation student, University of Vigo (submitted April 2019)

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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