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. The letter updates Mary with news of her friends and family in London. Mrs Siddons's [Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) (1755-1831), famous actress, friend of Mary Hamilton] youngest child is just recovering from the smallpox inoculation. Jane reports that she has seen Siddons in the theatre twice this season – once as Belvidera in the 'Tragedy of Venice preserv'd' [Venice Preserv'd by Thomas Otway (1652-1685)], and again as Hermione in 'The Distress'd Mother' [The Distrest Mother by Ambrose Philips (1674-1749)]. Jane writes of learning Italian and speaking it now with some degree of service. The letter also relates to Mr Dickenson's health and the waters of Bath and refers to a Mr Randall, who is described as 'the most eminent Person in his business, in Bath'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at London.</p>

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