The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Jane Holman to Mary Hamilton, with a note to John Dickenson

Holman (née Hamilton), Jane

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Mrs Jane Holman née Hamilton to Mary Hamilton, in which she explains her reasons for leaving Bath and her father's house for London. The air in Bath does not agree with Jane Holman and the 'affliction' she has suffered through the separation from her husband has made her require 'more diversion of mind, by moving in the world, than I ever cared for, before'. Her father's mode of living does not suit Jane Holman. He does not attend parties of an evening, and other than morning visitors does not have 'a creature in his own house'. He retires before eleven o'clock and so she would disturb him when she returns from entertainments, as 'even at Bath, nothing is over, sooner than that'. She has discussed this with her father, who agrees that the differences in their ages may prevent their living in 'accord'. She continues that a more important reason for her moving from Bath is that her husband 'would think himself justified in supposing that I wanted for nothing, and I should probably not receive a sixpence from him'. Jane Holman thanks Hamilton for her advice and for her friendship.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter concludes with a note addressed to John Dickenson.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at 35 Aldgate High Street [London].</p>

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