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, relating to the society and weather at Tunbridge Wells. King's mother has found Tunbridge Wells beneficial and has accepted an invitation to attend the Duke of Leeds annual Ball held in honour of the Prince of Wales's birthday. She describes the ball in detail. The Minuet dancers had lappets that were so long they could sit upon them. They were pinned under 'little Dancers hats with short petticoats tho[ugh] indeed, that had trains not knowing how to manage them, was in danger of tumbles'. Country dances followed minuets and the usual entertainments of cards. King did not find the company 'very brilliant'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Tunbridge Wells [Kent].</p>

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