The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Mary Glover to Mary Hamilton

Glover, Mary

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Mary Glover to Mary Hamilton, concerning the poor health of her father. Richard Glover had not slept well for the last two nights despite taking opiates. Glover notes her anxiety for her mother who she describes as being in very low spirits and she is worried that her health may be in danger. Richard Glover’s doctor thinks that he will continue to survive for some months yet as he still has some strength. Glover is not in any pain and is patient and never complains. Mary Glover believes that her father is not aware of how ill he is and that his life is in danger. She writes her friend ‘what a loss, it is our duty to submit to the will of our maker, but it will be a hard very hard trial whenever the fatal day comes’. Glover thanks Hamilton for her offer of visiting them but her mother does not want to put Hamilton through the stress of seeing Glover so ill and only time can be of an aid to Mrs Glover.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Glover continues her letter the following day noting that when her mother told Richard Glover of Hamilton’s offer of a visit he replied that he hoped to ‘struggle through & get amongst them again’. Glover continues on her father’s health and on acquaintances and family visiting and writing for news of him. She notes that her mother’s maid Clarke stays up each night and that she will not be persuaded to change with any other maids as Richard Glover wishes for her aid as she is very good with ‘sick people’. Clarke stays up all night with her charge and goes to bed at about six o’clock in the morning for about four or five hours. Glover writes that she is ‘quite a comfort’ to them.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Albemarle Street [London].</p>

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