The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Queen Charlotte to Mary Hamilton

Charlotte, Queen

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Queen Charlotte to Mary Hamilton. The Queen regrets that she does not have the same writing style as either Mary Hamilton or Lady Charlotte Finch [née Fermor (1725-1813), Royal Governess], and asks that instead Mary Hamilton content herself with Charlotte's 'simple Natural way of writing, well meant at all times but making no pretensions whatever'. She continues that their amusements at Windsor are much the same as they were the previous year, although the 'drives [are] not so long'. The letter moves on to Court gossip and notes that Thursday's Court was thin with not a person that Mary Hamilton may have been interested in present, with the exception of Miss Gunning [Charlotte Gunning (d. 1794), a friend of Mary Hamilton's and a Maid of Honour to Queen Charlotte. She married Stephen Digby in 1794]. Charlotte also writes that Lady Warwick is rarely mentioned, although she notes that there is a report that her arrival is to be followed by that of the 'Dowager Lady Carlisle, which makes her son very uneasy, there may be various reasons for that, and had not his Lordships little Wife been obliged to keep company with some body who shall be Nameless. I should have suspected that introducing her was the great obstacle, but that cannot be the case now'. Charlotte ends the letter by writing that she is happy that [sea] bathing agrees with Mary Hamilton and encourages her to continue with it for as long as she can, for the good of her health. Dated at Windsor.</p>

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