The Mary Hamilton Papers : Journal-letter from John Dickenson to Mary Hamilton

Dickenson, John

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Journal-letter from John Dickenson to Mary Hamilton. He writes of his friends the Mosleys, with whom he is staying at Moston near Chester. He praises Mr Mosley, who is building a house in Staffordshire, near Hamilton's relation, Lady Frances Harpur. Dickenson and the Mosleys attended Chester Assizes, and he describes various trials, including an action against a young man for stealing a kiss from a young lady; he was fined 20 shillings. 'How superlatively happy sh[oul]d I be to steal a Kiss from my dearest and most amiable friend [i.e. Mary] – and afterwards be condemned to take a 1000 more – that pleasure I hope will not be long denied to me'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dickenson discusses Mosley's prosperous financial position: his wife brought him a fortune of £40,000, and more is settled upon his children. Dickenson adds that 'Mr. Mosley has had half an Inclination to treat with me about Taxal'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 25.</p>

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