The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from John Farhill to Mary Hamilton

Farhill, John

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from John Farhill to Mary Hamilton. The writer is certainly Farhill (<a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/7/4</a>), though the signature has been removed. The letter relates to poetry. Farhill thanks Hamilton for her letter and for her 'elegant little copy of verse'. He describes the verses as 'neat and feminine' and details one verse that particularly interests him. He notes his differing views to Hamilton on the subject of women and writes that 'If I denied a Lady the bodily strength of a Lion or the mental powers of a Newton, I still considered her as endeared with qualities of equal estimation & in her sphere of much greater Consequence'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Farhill mentions that Mr Fisher has told him of Hamilton's position at Windsor and notes that 'it takes very great strength of mind to be content & great Health of Body, to endure the fatigue of it'.</p>

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