The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Anne Murray to Mary Hamilton

Murray, Anne, Lady

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Anne Murray to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to the death of the Duchess of Portland [Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, née Harley (1715-1785)], and its effect on Mrs Delany [Mary Delany, née Granville (1700-1788), English Bluestocking, artist, and letter-writer]. Murray sympathises with Mrs Delany and admires the manner in which 'she supports herself under the severest blow'. Murray writes that she will wait on Mrs Delany as soon she can once Lord Mansfield [William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (1704/5-1793)] has returned from circuit, as they have no carriage. Murray takes it 'for granted' that Mrs Boscawen has already seen Mrs Delany, who had visited them the past evening in the 'deepest Affliction' and who said that she would wait on Mrs Delany the following morning. Murray concludes her letter by hoping that the death of the Duchess has not affected Hamilton's health.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Kenwood [House].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 5.</p>

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