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HAM/1/7/12/15

Letter from Mrs Catherine Walkinshaw to Mary Hamilton

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      15.

      My Dear Madam

      it gave me a very real Concern to read in the papers this
morning the death of that most Charmin Prince Alfred, I am
greived for there Majestys, whose affectionat hearts for all there
family, most make them feel it a very great afflection, a first
misfortune of this kind is always wost to bear, and such a
darling as he was most be a very sever afflection, and I wish our
most Amiable the Queen many not suffer from it, when you
have a little lesure I will take it very kind if you will
be so good to writ me a few lines to let me know how both
there Majestys are, for tho I very well know thy can and
will call to there aʃsistances the only resources for such a
miʃsfortune, but Alas my Dear Miʃs Hamilton human nature
will feel, and it will be great pleasure to me to hear thy
                                                         are pretty well --



I received your obliging note yesterday with box of silk
I made Hedsor in my way hear, and stay'd two days longer
there then I intended, on purpose to pay my Duty upon the
Tarace, but unfortunatly there majestys had much two
good reason not to come out that evening, it was last
Sunday, which I very much lamented, the sea as it allways
does has perfectly recovered me, At present I have realy not
a complent, how long that will continue, god knows but I
am very thankfull, as health is a great bleʃsing, and I am
very glad to hear you are well, and beg you will beleive me
                             my Dear Madam
                             your most affectionat and much obliged
                                humble Servant
                                Cath Walkinshaw
Hale by Downton
Wilts August 24th
      1782[1]

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      My Dear Madam

      it gave me a very real Concern to read in the papers this
morning the death of that most Charming Prince Alfred, I am
grieved for their Majestys, whose affectionate hearts for all their
family, must make them feel it a very great affliction, a first
misfortune of this kind is always worst to bear, and such a
darling as he was must be a very severe affliction, and I wish our
most Amiable the Queen may not suffer from it, when you
have a little leisure I will take it very kind if you will
be so good to write me a few lines to let me know how both
their Majestys are, for though I very well know they can and
will call to their assistances the only resources for such a
misfortune, but Alas my Dear Miss Hamilton human nature
will feel, and it will be great pleasure to me to hear they
                                                         are pretty well --



I received your obliging note yesterday with box of silk
I made Hedsor in my way here, and stay'd two days longer
there than I intended, on purpose to pay my Duty upon the
Terrace, but unfortunately their majestys had much too
good reason not to come out that evening, it was last
Sunday, which I very much lamented, the sea as it always
does has perfectly recovered me, At present I have really not
a complaint, how long that will continue, god knows but I
am very thankful, as health is a great blessing, and I am
very glad to hear you are well, and beg you will believe me
                             my Dear Madam
                             your most affectionate and much obliged
                                humble Servant
                                Cath Walkinshaw
Hale by Downton
Wiltshire August 24th
      1782

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Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Mrs Catherine Walkinshaw to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/7/12/15

Correspondence Details

Author: Catherine Walkinshaw

Place sent: Hale, Hants.

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 24 August 1782

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Catherine Walkinshaw to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to the death of Prince Alfred [1780-1782]. She feels for their majesties that losing 'such a darling as he was m[u]st be a very severe affl[i]ction'. Walkinshaw asks Hamilton to write to her when she has time to let her know how the King and Queen are.
    Original reference No. 15.
   

Length: 2 sheets, 292 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 2016/17 provided by The John Rylands Research Institute.

Research assistant: Sarah Connor, undergraduate student, University of Manchester

Research assistant: Carla Seabra-Dacosta, MA student, University of Vigo

Transliterator: Michael Cameron, undergraduate student, University of Manchester (submitted May 2017)

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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