<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Elizabeth Montagu to Mary Hamilton. She conveys news of the birth 'of a jolly boy' to her nephew, Matthew Robinson Montagu, and his wife. Matthew Montagu had been ill throughout the summer, and his physician belatedly having suggested sea-bathing, he had decided to go to Southampton. Montagu reports that he has come to London for Parliament and looks in better health. He and his wife had left the baby in Southampton under the care of a trusted servant and have now returned there themselves and will not return to London until the House of Commons meets 'after the holy days'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Hamilton is to come to London in the Spring. Montagu notes that although it is unfashionable to come to London before Christmas, 'I love it best in its demi Saison character, when it is neither a Solitude nor a Crowd'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter also relates to mutual friends. The health of Mrs Vesey (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-ham/ham/1/6/2'>HAM/1/6/2</a>) is declining, and Miss Pulteney is to marry Lord Ancram 'if Cupid advises it'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 1.</p>
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