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 his wife Mary née Hamilton, relating to Dickenson's visits to Buxton and Bath. Dickenson describes the people he met in Buxton and his journey to Bath. He travelled by coach, in which he reported that a large woman 'got into our very small coach, which she half filled and had I not been an intruder, I certainly w[oul]d not have admitted her', as two of the coach passengers were obliged to move to the outside of the coach. He travelled to Bath via Bristol as the direct coach only ran three days a week and Dickenson did not wish to wait for it. Whilst waiting for his coach, he visited a Circulating Library and met a twelve-year old boy there who he describes as a 'bookworm', and the way he answered his questions made him initially believe that he must be 'aping his master'. Dickenson continues to describe his journey and other coach passengers and his time at Bath and the water treatments in that city.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 1.</p>

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