The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Charlotte Finch to Mary Hamilton

Finch (née Fermor), Charlotte, Lady

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Charlotte Finch to Mary Hamilton. She writes that she can provide a good account of Prince Alfred and that the sea-bathing is benefiting him. He asks Hamilton to communicate this to the King and Queen. She reports that the Prince is sleeping better and that his appetite has improved. His skin and his eye-lids that had been affected seem to be getting better.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Finch writes of her happiness at seeing her son when he landed. He has now rushed to London to prepare for the Royal birthday which she supposes Hamilton and all at Court are very busy preparing. Windsor will be opened again for the firing of the guns ‘which shakes the Castle’. She has had the pleasure of seeing Mrs Carter whom she expects has her usual headache although she looked very well and was cheerful. Finch notes that the weather is so windy and cold that it makes walking on the sands very difficult and she has been spending most of the time in the fine side room which Hamilton may remember is a small room with a view of the sea. She has been reading Antonis de Solis in Spanish and Mrs Carter has provided her with a dictionary to aid her. Her time is spent reading, with her children studies and writing letters. She usually retires about 10 o’clock which allows her to rise early. Hamilton ends her letter by hoping that the ‘influenza’ that is said to be prevalent does not affect the Queen’s House.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Deal Castle [Kent].</p>

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