The Mary Hamilton Papers : Incomplete letter from Lady Catherine Hamilton (née Barlow) to Mary Hamilton

Hamilton (née Barlow), Catherine, Lady

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Incomplete letter from Lady Catherine Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Hamilton writes of her horror and of the confusion it caused amongst the local population. There was panic and processions ‘with torches to San Genero’. She notes that ‘terror having had the same effect as drunkenness, had raised their minds to a pitch of Madness capable of the most violent undertakings’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 13.</p>

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