The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Lady Dartrey, later Lady Cremorne, to Mary Hamilton

Dawson (née Freame), Philadelphia Hannah, Baroness Cremorne

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Dartrey to Mary Hamilton, relating to the Royal family and of acquaintances. Dartrey has been ill with a cold but hopes to be well enough soon to be able to pay her 'Duty' to the Queen the following Thursday. She has bought a gown for the occasion and would be disappointed if she is unable to attend Court. Dartrey asks Hamilton's opinion on the Queen's notice 'of our son' [Dartrey's son, Thomas]. She was anxious about the meeting until she told herself that the 'same goodness which led her Majesty to send for him would make allowances for [...] [what] was wanting in his behaviour & manner'. Thomas has assured her that he had behaved as well as he could. Dartrey continues to describe the meeting and the pleasure such notice has given her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dartrey also writes on a gift that she had received from the Princess Royal and of a friend of her son's whose father was killed in battle and with news of friends including Miss Goldsworthy and Mr Glover.</p>


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