The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Hamilton, Frederick

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. He writes to Mary assuring her of his regard for her, and regrets that he missed seeing her when he travelled to Northampton. He has heard from Lord Dartr[e]y (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/11</a>) that she is to be of his party to Spa (see Diary HAM/2/1). He notes that his niece has no more 'zealous [a] friend than' Dartrey, and suggests she should rely upon his judgement if need be.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter refers to a previous letter that Hamilton had sent to her uncle, which noted her being in some danger. The Reverend Hamilton hopes that she has 'not suffer[e]d by the frights for I know you have weak nerves'. Moving on to his own daughter, he describes her as handsome and as having many accomplishments, though he wishes she also had more of Hamilton's 'steadiness'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Frederick Hamilton writes that he is to travel to Dublin shortly, where he has taken a house for one year, and intends to spend two or three months in his living in the North. He complains that he has never received assistance from friends and that it is 'owing entirely to L[or]d Abercorn [a family member] that I am reduced to this disagreeable necessity, which I shou[l]d by no means have yielded to were it not from the attention due on my part to my children'. Dated at Bath.</p>

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