The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Elizabeth Iremonger to Mary Hamilton

Iremonger, Elizabeth

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Elizabeth Iremonger to Mary Hamilton. She writes from London where she has been for almost a month. She reports that her father continues taking Dickenson's 'prescription' and now believes that it is beneficial to him though he is still 'helpless as not to have the power of lifting his leg off the Bed, or of rising from his chair without the assistance of one man & a crutch'. His surgeons and doctors still promise that he will recover though possibly not fully. The only medical assistance that has been suggested to him since he came to town has been a bandage. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Iremonger continues her letter on Mrs Iremonger's health and on Dickenson and his Taxal estate. She writes of the generosity of John Dickenson Senior in putting the estate in Dickenson's possession. She also writes with news of friends. Mrs Montagu (<a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/6/4</a>) is 'lively & well, & full of the Entertainments she was going to give to the French Ladies'[refugees from the French Revolution]. She notes that Hamilton's friend Miss Gunning [<a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/15</a>] has married '& from your account, & every other, has a good prospect for permanent Happiness'. She continues to note that Lady Ann Fitzroy's marriage is not so happy and that the Duke and Duchess of Dorset have spent a week at their house entertaining '200 poor people every day in their Hall'. Iremonger writes that London is full of 'French Fugitives' among whom are Madame De Boufleur who is the mistress of the Prince De Conti and that the Duc d'Orleans has brought with him to England Madame de Buffon who is the daughter-in-law of the naturalist, Count de Buffon [Georges-Louis Leclerc (1707-1788)]. Iremonger has heard that the Prince of Wales 'has made her great offers, but she treats him with contempt'. The letter continues on Iremonger's life in Curzon Street.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Curzon Street [London].</p>

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