<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from John Hope to Mary Hamilton, relating to the patronage of a book Hope has written [probably Thoughts in Prose and Verse Started in his Walks (1780)]. He asks Hamilton to examine the book and to recommend it to her friends and acquaintances ‘as containing some pretty light Summer-reading’ which she may ‘safely do without danger of exposing her own judgement’ as reviews of the work have declared it ‘at Heart entertaining’. Hope notes that he himself is partially ashamed of the work and would ‘gladly get the Impression sold off, without advertising my Name in the Newspapers’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Hope ends the letter by stating that he will not trouble Hamilton with his history other than to say that he ‘remains as poor, as unsettled, & as much as when I was at Northampton’. [The word ‘Northampton’ has been scribbled out].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Stockton.</p>
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