<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from John Hope to Mary Hamilton. He replies to Hamilton’s letter ‘with the greatest concern’: he did not mean to cause any offence. He asks what can hurt her ‘at my supposing you meant to chastise me? For I only meant to say, you wanted to divert your self a little, by roasting me, as the Phrase is, for my Impudent way of Life’. He notes that it showed him her friendship and had as good an effect on him as if he had had a lecture from a ‘Person of mature Age’. His answer meant only to show her that there is nothing he would conceal from a friend. Hope notes that he was not mistaken in her character in that she would be as ready to take offence at him as she was to show friendship.</p>
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