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

Fisher, John

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from John Fisher to Mary Hamilton, relating to Fisher's marriage. He writes that he has followed the 'example of several of my worthy friends, [and] ventured into the holy state of matrimony'. He informs Hamilton that his wife is the same lady that she met in Bath when she was with Mr Dickenson and describes her as 'a very pleasing sensible young woman, the only child of a man of large fortune in Suffolk, who like a miser easily parted with his Daughter than his money'. His wife will have her father's estate after his death but he would settle noting on her for the marriage. He continues to note that as he wished to marry to gain himself a 'pleasing companion' rather than for financial interest, he did not hesitate. He has been married for a month and has returned to Windsor recently and in time to pay his respects to the Princess Royal on her birthday. Fisher and his wife will visit her relations in Norfolk shortly but before they leave he could not deny himself the 'pleasure of carrying my little woman to your dear & valuable friend Mrs Delany'. He writes that Mrs Delany is well and that Frances Burney has also recovered her health.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Fisher also updates Hamilton with news of the Royal Family. The Duke of York has appointed a new Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the King has restyled three rooms at Windsor in a 'most noble style', the cartoons by Raphael have been removed from Buckingham House and there was to be a Ball in honour of the Princess Royal.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Windsor.</p>

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