The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Lady Mary Webb (née Salvin) to Mary Hamilton
Webb (née Salvin), Mary C.
The Mary Hamilton Papers
<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Webb to Mary Hamilton. She apologises for not having written sooner. She notes that she has been busy making a work-bag for a lady who has shown her 'great civility'. Her intentions have been frustrated had she had hoped to spend an uninterrupted evening writing Hamilton a long letter. Webb continues that her evenings are taken up with suppers which she notes are 'the mode here'. She continues that it is 'extraordinary when you don't go to them [as] in such a Town as this where every thing you say or do is known, there is no pleading an Engagement & you give offence if you do not go'. She continues on the subject of lack of amusements and of her lodging-house where it is not the fashion for a gentleman to send an enquiry as to how you are but instead knock on your door. Webb continues her letter on the society around her, dancing and a pocket book that she has received from Hamilton.</p>