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. She writes of Sarah [Sally] Barrow, a servant that she had recommended to her. Glover is pleased that Hamilton likes her. Barrow has a 'sweet temper' a quality which Glover considers positive for a ladies maid.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Glover also writes on her attempts at getting her father’s works published and on Hamilton's 'old friend & lover Mr Bourdieu' who has been in town for the past nine months. She notes that he has been 'shamefully treated by his children'. Glover notes that he had kept a woman and his two daughters sent 'spies' to find the woman out and told their father that he 'was an old wretch & abused him so much that Bourdieu threatened to bring her home' and his sons attacked him. One of his sons also admonished his father for living with his mother before their marriage. Bourdieu was so angry he threw a glass of wine at him and threatened to disinherit them all. His daughter Mary has been abroad for two years and Glover's mother may write to Bourdieu to see if she can stay with them during the holidays [Mary was Mrs Glover's godchild]. She is worried that if she goes home her morals will be 'corrupted'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Glover also writes of Mary’s cousin Miss Hamilton [see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/4/3</a>] who has not been well but went to 'Kemble’s benefit' and that this was the only time she saw Mrs Siddons [the actress] this season. Miss Hamilton caught a cold and cough and her parents have been worried for her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter ends on the subject of Glover's fathers' will and a bond that is owed to her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Albemarle Street [London].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 16.</p>

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