The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Jane Holman to Mary Hamilton

Holman (née Hamilton), Jane

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Jane Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. From Mary Hamilton's reply to her cousin, Jane imagines she is still in Northamptonshire but will be leaving in a few days so she is addressing the letter to Waltham Abbey in Essex. She informs her that the Miss Clarkes have not yet returned from the countryside but that she is not surprised that Miss Glover is still having them stay there as she must enjoy their company. She doesn’t particularly like the fact that everyone (Hamilton included) is away all at once as she feels as if she’s losing her friends when everyone is far away and, although she hopes that they are well and are having a nice time, she hopes they will return soon. Mrs Flicks paid her a visit that morning and was nice enough to listen to her sing and play the harpsichord. Both her and her children, who she brought along with her, are doing well, and she asked after Hamilton. Her brother has not been in touch since he left home, although she plans to go and visit him this week, having written to him two or three days before. She explains that they are all very busy, waiting to move into their ‘Palais Magnifique’ (‘Magnificent Palace’) in about fifteen days' time. Although it is a little far away and she is not particularly looking forward to leaving. She informs her that her uncle (Sir William Hamilton), has arrived and dined with them the previous Thursday. She has been showing the works of Shakespeare to her father and explains that nowadays she reads them quite easily, and that the better she gets the more she admires them. Her father has bought her a lovely cabinet for her books and there’s also a desk at Bedford Square that is very comfortable for writing and that she’s sure Hamilton will appreciate as well when she shows it to her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at London.</p>

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