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

Charlotte, Queen

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Note from Queen Charlotte to Mary Hamilton. The Queen begins by noting that she does not have much to say except 'a good Morning'. She writes that she has read twice this summer 'The Hermit', a favourite poem of hers, acknowledging that she would not be acquainted with either poem or poet if it were not for Hamilton. The rest of the letter relates to life at Court, noting that the Royal Terrace is constantly filled but that she herself 'does not partake of that amusement and [is] but a spectator[,] all alone at times'. All of Hamilton's friends have left for the country except Mrs Vesey [Elizabeth Vesey (c.1715-1791), literary hostess], who came twice to Lady [?]Causton to see the Royal Family. Charlotte notes that she curtsied twice from her window to her and was told 'that [her] politeness had almost thrown [Mrs Vesey] down', and was 'sorry to find that [she] had been doing mischief'. She ends her note by stating that this will be her last writing to her before they next meet.</p>

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