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HAM/1/7/11/3

Letter from the Duchess of Portland to Mary Hamilton

Diplomatic Text


Bullstrode Sepber 29th: 1782


      My Dear Miʃs Hamilton
I think my self very unfortunate that
it is impoʃsible for me to Obey Her
Majestys Command having a bad --
Head.ach & I fear not able to bear the
motion of the Chaise nor injoy the
Honour Her Majesty is so good to
design me particularly this day
Mrs Delany[1] has had a cold & were I
able wou'd make me fearfull of her
being out of an evening
It is a great mortification to us both
that we are unable to pay our respects
& congratulate the Princeʃs Royal
on her birth day & wish Her many --
Happy returns of it
I am my dear Madam
Your most Faithfull
Humble Servant
MC Portland




To
Miʃs Hamilton


Sep. 29. 82[2]

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Notes


 1. Mary Delany (née Granville) (1700-1788), English Bluestocking, artist, and letter-writer.
 2. This line is written vertically at the bottom left of page 2.

Normalised Text


Bulstrode September 29th: 1782


      My Dear Miss Hamilton
I think my self very unfortunate that
it is impossible for me to Obey Her
Majestys Command having a bad --
headache & I fear not able to bear the
motion of the Chaise nor enjoy the
Honour Her Majesty is so good to
design me particularly this day
Mrs Delany has had a cold & were I
able would make me fearful of her
being out of an evening
It is a great mortification to us both
that we are unable to pay our respects
& congratulate the Princess Royal
on her birth day & wish Her many --
Happy returns of it
I am my dear Madam
Your most Faithful
Humble Servant
Margaret Cavendish Portland




To
Miss Hamilton


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 1. Mary Delany (née Granville) (1700-1788), English Bluestocking, artist, and letter-writer.
 2. This line is written vertically at the bottom left of page 2.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from the Duchess of Portland to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/7/11/3

Correspondence Details

Author: Duchess of Portland, Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck

Place sent: Bulstrode, near Gerrards Cross

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 29 September 1782

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from the Duchess of Portland to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to an invitation the Duchess of Portland and Mrs Delany [Mary Delany, née Granville (1700-1788), English Bluestocking, artist, and letter-writer] had received from the Queen to attend a celebration of Princess Charlotte's birthday. The Duchess informs Hamilton that she is unable to attend, as she is suffering from a headache and will be 'not able to bear the motion of the Chaise', and that even if she herself were able, she is 'fearfull [sic] of [Mrs Delany] being out of an evening'.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 126 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: Nick Barraclough, 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: 13 April 2020

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