The Mary Hamilton Papers : Incomplete letter from an unidentified author [Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer)?] to Mary Hamilton

Cavendish (née Spencer), Georgiana

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Incomplete and unsigned letter to Mary Hamilton, possibly from Lady Spencer or more likely her daughter, the Duchess of Devonshire, relating to Sir William and Lady Hamilton. The author notes that Sir William composed a charade and that he has been a convert to them after so long disliking them. [The author writes from 'the house in Althorpe' so may possibly be Lady Spencer or the Duchess, who were both acquainted with Hamilton.] The author writes about society life, noting that she is disliked by a section of society and does not get invited to their balls. She does not remember a 'Count M.', apparently mentioned by Hamilton, but writes 'if he had not been wonderfully clever – I should have been very weary of his Passion'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Althorp, [Northamptonshire].</p>

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