The Mary Hamilton Papers : Draft letter from Mary Hamilton to Queen Charlotte

Hamilton, Mary

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Draft letter from Mary Hamilton to Queen Charlotte. Hamilton writes of her gratitude and affection for the Queen, and that she finds it 'very difficult to summon resolution sufficient to acquaint You with what I am but too conscious would be dishonourable to delay longer'. In the letter she offers her resignation from her post at Court and notes that she does not feel equal to the situation 'particularly from the delicacy of my constitution, as it from time, to time, prevents my paying the proper and required attendance on their Royal Highness's'. She writes that her health makes her 'inadequate to a constant exertion'. She asks that a more able person be found to take her position and that 'Your Majesty may depend on my continuing to fulfil my duty to the utmost of my abilities'. She crosses through 'I am fully persuaded Your majesties will have too much goodness and candour to disapprove' and instead writes that she rests 'secure on Your majesties goodness that You will not disapprove my quitting Your Service'. She finishes the letter by thanking their Majesties for their attentions and signs herself 'most dutiful, most faithful servant'.</p>

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