The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Wilhelmina King (later Murray) to Mary Hamilton

Murray (née King), Wilhelmina

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Wilhelmina King to Mary Hamilton, concerning society news, news of weddings and family news.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>King reports that the 'Bon Ton' have left London, 'and, rather than to be so vulgar to remain, are gone to be blown or wash[e]d away in the Country; and the few old folks that remain, are so busy talking of who is in, and, who is out'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>King has received a letter from Lady Hamilton in Naples who reports that she and her husband, Sir William, met the Grand Duke and Duchess of the Russia's. The Grand Duke is described as being 'a very ugly little man: the length of his nose to his upper lip, longer that the nose itself'. She continues that 'his Princess has person enough for both, being remarkably tall and large: so that their appearance must be rather laughable' especially on public occasions when 'her highness is obliged to stoop so the little Prince could never reach her'. King does not envy the life of the Royals 'after all it is only splendid misery' and humble people at least have the choice as to whom to marry.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Dover Street [London].</p>

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