<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton, relating to jointures due to her mother and the poor economic situation in Ireland. He is happy to hear that Mary has borne the death of her mother with 'proper resignation'. He has recommended to Mr Fetherston to remit to her half a year's jointure due to Mrs Hamilton. However, he fears that 'it will not come as soon as you may expect, for the poverty and distress of this Country is not to be conceiv'd & Rents cannot be got in as formerly; if Ireland does not get some relief soon as its trade and manufactures are totally at a stand all ranks of people must suffer in proportion in the general calamity'. Frederick adds that he has passed the winter here [in Clontarf] in great solitude, as he could not afford to maintain two houses. However, his family are all in good health.</p>
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