Mary Hamilton Papers : Copy of letter from Dorothy Blosset and commentary by Mary Hamilton

Blosset, Dorothy

Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Copy letter from Dorothy Blosset written by an unidentified writer. At the top of the sheet it is written that this is a ‘copy of a note from Mrs Blosset’. It is not clear to whom the original letter was addressed; it is written in the format of a journal-letter.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter relates to literature, reading, Hamilton’s health and general news of friends. Blosset writes that Miss Clarke has been reading aloud to them for the last four nights. ‘The subject was “Reflections on the Government of Indostan, with a Sketch of the History of Bengal from 1738 to 1756, and an Account of the English Affairs to 1758 by Luke Johnston Esq” – London printed in 1763’ and reprinted in 1780. Miss Clarke asked Blosset to inform Hamilton of some of the ‘Eastern names’ mentioned in the work and she provides the name given to Lord Clegg which she declares sufficient enough ‘to break as many Teeth as you may have to speak’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Blosset writes that when Hamilton left the room that morning she seemed nervous and Miss Clarke suggested that a blister should be applied as she herself had undergone this treatment and benefited from it greatly.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>At the top of page 1 a Miss Bandinel has added a few lines, and Mary Hamilton later wrote down her thoughts on the copy below it (p.2).</p>

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