The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Charlotte Finch to Martha Carolina Goldsworthy

Finch (née Fermor), Charlotte, Lady

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Charlotte Finch to Miss Goldsworthy. Finch writes that she has received no letter from Goldsworthy since the end of June. She writes from Caldas that her son Lord Winchilsea has benefited from his time there and he is feeling so much better that he wishes to accompany Finch home as far as he is allowed as it is still everyone’s opinion that he should spend the Winter in a Southern climate. His idea means that they can only travel by Land and Finch is therefore against a sea voyage and the problems of finding a neutral vessel to sail in also influenced her decision. Their route is to be Lisbon to Madrid, from there to Bayonne and then to Ostend. As they only intend to stop at some principle towns, the journey may take a little more time than it would do by sea and she hopes that by November she will have the happiness to be able to pay her duties to the King and Queen.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Finch continues in the letter on the Queen of Portugal and notes that no Court days are held and hence the Queen ‘is always applied to’ and that she does not return to Lisbon until October. She asks Goldsworthy to direct her letter to her in Ostend as she calculates that by the time that Goldsworthy receives this letter and returns her own then it will meet her there.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Caldas.</p>

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