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 Cremorne (formerly Dartrey) to Mary Hamilton. The letter is concerned with the King's return to health and the celebrations in Town with illuminations. Cremorne writes that one person who had no house or lodgings walked about 'in a quiet manner with 2 farthing candles stuck upon a Board, w[hic]h he carried on his Head'. Whilst a Chairman lighted the top of an old side chair. Cremorne also notes that she showed the Queen some verses that were written by a poor mantua maker who makes the clothing for the children of the School of Industry. She wishes that Hamilton had been there on the 18 March when her husband paid for the clothes of thirty-eight girls. 'They walked 2 & 2 [...] followed by all the Sunday schools, & every other school in Chelsea'. There were 378 children in all, placed in rows and singing 'God save the King'. They all went to Chelsea Chapel and the children were on one side whilst the old soldiers were on the other and she notes that it 'was quite affecting' and that she was thankful that she could not be able to be seen from her pew. Cremorne continues to note that she attended the first entertainment that the King had given since hill illness.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Chelsea Farm.</p>

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