<p style='text-align: justify;'>An incomplete letter to Mary Hamilton probably written by a family group. Only a fragment of the main letter can be seen on the one surviving sheet, which has been cut to leave an unsigned continuation intact. A second short continuation by 'Marianne' is mostly visible. The unsigned note gives general news of the family's socialising. It uses a very familiar tone with Hamilton, teasing her ironically about her ideas of wifely independence in relation to the writer's 'Spouse elect', by which is possibly meant the eight-year-old Louisa Hamilton. The writer finishes with mention of a scheme concerning emigrants, and a request for Hamilton to read a pamphlet by [Francis] D'Ivernois (on whom see HAM/2/16 p.37, 24 March 1797). </p>
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