The Mary Hamilton Papers : Notes by Charlotte Margaret Gunning and Mary Hamilton

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Six notes by Charlotte Gunning and Mary Hamilton.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The first note, dated c.1779, states that Hamilton and Gunning began their friendship and correspondence in 1779.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The second note is dated 2 June 1781 and in it Gunning writes that she came to visit Hamilton as arranged but Hamilton's maid would not allow her access. Gunning writes that she will send Hamilton a note each day.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The third note is dated 14 June 1781 and is from Hamilton to Gunning in which she writes that she cannot leave London without writing Gunning a few lines. Hamilton notes that she is ill and has been 'sleeping 3 nights in different Beds' on hard mattresses which has caused her little rest. She feels nervous and asks Gunning to tell Dr Turton that she has sent for four draughts as she has done before and will take the same dose. She wishes to know if he approves. She asks that Gunning sends her reply to 'Babel'. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The fourth note is dated 4 January 1784. Gunning writes that she had called on Hamilton but she was not home and that she wished to thank her for her present. She asks if Hamilton intends visiting Mrs Delany that evening and notes that her coach is available if she wishes to use it.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The fifth note, dated 31 December 1784. Gunning writes that she has a moment before she has to leave for a play to ask how Hamilton is and when she will be in town. She writes that [her sister?] Bell, is still unwell and she will leave to see her in a few days.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The sixth note is dated 1 January 1785 and relates to a dinner she is to attend.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 1.</p>

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