<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from William Wake to Mary Hamilton. He is happy that he is now allowed to correspond once more with Hamilton and writes that he has his reasons for his long silence but will not yet tell her what they are. He writes of his feelings towards Hamilton that she 'must long ago have been convinced of the strength of [...] [his] affection'. He will always 'endeavour to write to, and treat [...] [Hamilton] as an affectionate Brother would a beloved Sister, nay more than Sister'. Wake writes that Hamilton has being 'the Friend of my Heart'. The letter continues with his admiration and feelings for Hamilton and on her upcoming marriage.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Courteenhall [near Northampton].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 20.</p>
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