The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letters from Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Margaret Gunning

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Two letters from Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Gunning. The first letter is dated 27 August 1783 and concerns Gunning's health and news of Sir William and Lady Wake.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The second letter is incorrectly dated November 1789, and probably should be 1779. This incomplete letter relates to the unwanted attentions of a suitor [possibly or a Mr Bourdieu who proposed marriage to her]. Hamilton writes that 'little fool B has offer[e]d that great soul of a woman 100 Guineas to procure a small lock of my Hair – my answer was, That provided he W[ou]ld cut off his hair he should have the combings of mine' which her maid will give him to make 'a little bob wig & to be worn without powder'. She notes that he wrote a letter from 'Babel' to enquire after her. She is anxious that he used her full name in the note and that 'from his manner of talking & writing about me – any person that did not know me might imagine I encouraged it'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Original reference No. 23.</p>

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