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 thanks Mary Hamilton for inviting Robert Hamilton, Frederick's son, to her house in Taxal, Derbyshire. Robert Hamilton had gained a commission in the 10th Light Dragoons over a year ago, due in part to his cousin's influence, and he had been with the regiment until his now having three weeks' leave of absence. His father reports that he has been causing him 'some distress'. He has received many complaints on his conduct, which is described as 'unbecoming an Officer'. He mixes with 'low' company, contracts debts and also has a 'dirty, slovenly appearance', and is disliked by almost all the other officers. Frederick Hamilton has withdrawn him from the Regiment voluntarily, aware that if he stays there much longer he may be made to withdraw. The letter continues to describe Robert's character and is concerned with his debts. Frederick Hamilton advises his niece to let him know if she has any concerns about his son's behaviour while visiting her.</p>

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