The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Wilhelmina Murray (née King) to Mary Hamilton

Murray (née King), Wilhelmina

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Wilhelmina Murray to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to the King's recovery from his illness. There has been much rejoicing and balls. She notes that until the King is seen more in public, 'disagre[e]able reports' cannot be avoided. The Queen has held only two Drawing Rooms (society gatherings), which were both 'very much crouded' [sic]. The first was 'at[t]ended with fits of laughing', as the Ladies that were to be presented 'lost their company's and either were pushed before H.M. and obliged to present themselves or, never got the honor at all'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on the Queen, who had attended a play and the opera. Murray notes that at a Ball given by the Royal Family, many of the Ladies wore the 'Windsor uniform' of dark blue gown with a gold fringe down the sides. She describes the clothes in detail and prices them at around 36 to 40 pounds each, 'a good round sum for a ball dress that must be wore'. The rest of the letter relates to family news and a trip to the Covent Garden Theatre.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 7.</p>

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