The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Eva Maria Garrick to Mary Hamilton

Garrick (née Veigel), Eva Maria

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Eva Maria Garrick to Mary Hamilton. She writes that Hamilton's last note was addressed to the Adelphi, where she has not been for six weeks. She had visited Mrs Montagu and asks Hamilton: 'will You believe when I tell you that I Danced at two Balls at Sandleford? Yes I did and performed my part very well'. Her partner was a 'jolly old [farmer]' who had never danced before. She continues that it was a 'bold undertaking', but that the company found it amusing. The letter continues on mutual acquaintances. Hannah Harper More was not visiting Sandleford at that time. On Garrick's return to Hampton, Mrs [Charlotte] Walsingham asked after Hamilton, wishing to know if she was yet married. Garrick also refers to a book Les Cent Nouvelles that was sent to Hamilton and which is described as 'abominable'. After seeing Hamilton's note about the book offending her, Garrick was curious. 'I was shocked to Death with seeing the pictures only, without reading the Stories'. She continues that such books would make her 'rather sick th[a]n merry'.</p>

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