The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Jean Baptiste Louis Georges Seroux d'Agincourt to Mary Hamilton

Seroux d'Agincourt, Jean Baptiste Louis Georges

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from [Jean Baptiste Louis Georges Seroux] d’Agincourt to Mary Hamilton, in response to a request asking after her aunt’s health while she has been at the ‘Eaux’ [unknown location, France(?)]. He has just spent 4 days with her and was hoping to pass on news to Hamilton in person upon his return but he has been forced to stay in Holland and will no longer be returning to the Spa. He informs her that her aunt has not been able to start her treatment yet as she has had a cold since she arrived. He despairs that, out of all the wonderful things nature can bring, good health is not one of them. He tells her that he left two young, beautiful English women at the spa; Madame Greeham and Mademoiselle Asgill. Even though he barely spoke to them, he found them charming, sweet, modest and both very timid, a side to them that he liked. He also met with ‘Milady Spencer’, who was quite spirited, had no trouble expressing herself and was in the company of the sister of an unnamed duchess who he also found very attractive. He comments that he should really have taken the time to benefit from being surrounded by such interesting and varied characters from all over Europe. He would like to see Hamilton write about such people and the beautiful countryside and mountains that surround the spa in her journal, although he doesn’t feel that the meadows are as beautiful as they are in England and Holland. He then continues on to describe the Dutch countryside to Hamilton, devoting much of the passage over to a description of an attractive milkmaid who has just passed by in front of him.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Amsterdam, [Netherlands].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 3.</p>

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