The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Eleanor Glover (née Lenton) to Mary Hamilton

Glover (née Lenton), Eleanor

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Mrs Eleanor Glover to Mary Hamilton, relating to charity work and organising a subscription. Glover notes that she admires her 'prudence in not complying' with her request [which according to a note added in an alternative hand was to apply to the Queen and the princesses]. Glover believes that Hamilton acted correctly in her situation but she did not know it at the time and would not have made the proposal if she had. She notes that Hamilton has a benevolent heart and Glover is certain that she has 'objects sufficient of your own to give too, therefore I do insist upon it, that you do not give any thing to the distressed family'. Glover has no doubt that she will be able to get sufficient but that she will not 'let them have the money'. She has already provided for the clothes of two children and some schooling. She asks Hamilton to send her the names of those people who wish to give. She thinks it better to open the subscription at one guinea that to give more as this may prevent people from giving and that she will make applications to her acquaintances in town.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Glover continues her letter with news of family and with news of friends. Mary Glover is reading a poem in manuscript and the Clarkes (<a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/10</a>) are coming to visit. Glover notes that she wishes 'I could have Nanny, without dumb Bell; [this is a reference to Isabella Clarke who was deaf!] but I can not accomplish that point'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Sunning Hill.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 5.</p>

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