Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from John Jackson to John Dickenson

Jackson, John

Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from John Jackson to John Dickenson, relating to politics and news of family. Jackson writes of having months of trouble with the Petition (see HAM/1/10/2/2) and that it now looks as if it will be concluded 'with obtaining the right of voting only, as the Committee seemed tired of us'. He writes that he and his 'Grace' get on very well together, the more so since he has detached himself from 'a dinner party as much as possible' as he found that it took up too much of his time and was detrimental to his business. Jackson does not think that Parliament will be dissolved this year and hopes that this will give him some quiet. By all the accounts he has heard, the king is in a better state of health but notes as 'to the rest of the Royal produce, I have a very indifferent opinion of'. He writes of a duel between Colonel Lennox [Colonel Charles Lennox, fourth Duke of Richmond] and the Duke of York [Prince Frederick (1763-1827] army officer and bishop of Osnabrück] and notes that it is a good thing that princes cannot insult the 'Gentlemen of this country with impunity'. [They fought a duel on Wimbledon Common over some remarks the Duke had made in the House of Lords concerning the Regency Bill. Neither the Duke or Colonel were injured.]</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Jackson continues the letter with news of his family and notes that he is sorry to hear that Dickenson is to visit Bath for the benefit of the waters and invites him to stay with him at Richmond if he wishes.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Burlington Street [London].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 3.</p>


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