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 Mrs Jane Holman née Hamilton to Mary Hamilton, concerning general news. She reports the death of General Anstruther [Robert Anstruther, Army Officer (1768-1809), a relation through marriage to Hamilton, died from dysentery after his brigade was ordered to close the retreat from Toro], who leaves five children. She writes that the 'recent events of the war, have been most calamitous'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>London has seen more terrible fires this winter than ever before, the 'Covent Garden Theatre, St James's Palace, a Hotel and two or three other homes in Conduit Street'. Jane Holman reports that the theatre is being rebuilt and is said to be opening in September, although she herself doubts this.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at 50 Mortimer Street [London].</p>

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