The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Lady Frances Harpur (née Greville) to Mary Hamilton

Harpur (née Greville), Frances Elizabeth

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Frances Harpur to Mary Hamilton. The letter is concerned with Hamilton's visit to Bath, Mrs Rundell (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/8/6</a>) and with general news of family and friends. Harpur writes to Hamilton at Warwick Castle. She is sorry to hear that Mr Dickenson is ill and hopes that the Bath waters will benefit him. Harpur would have liked to visit Hamilton at Bath but notes that Sir Henry Harpur dislikes Bath so much that she is only able to go there when it is absolutely necessary and on the last occasion they were there Sir Henry refused to drink the water. Harpur wishes to acquaint Hamilton with Elizabeth Rundell, a friend of hers whilst she is in Bath. She describes Rundell as being the wife of the 'most Eminent surgeon' in that city and she recommends him to Hamilton. Harpur notes that Mrs Rundell is an excellent and sensible woman whom she has known for some time. She has a large family who take up much of her time including the supervision of their education. Harpur writes that if Hamilton wishes 'for any addition to your society at Bath & like a pleasant & Improving friend, I beg to Recommend to you Mrs Rundell'. There is much affection in the family and Rundell is 'a very valuable woman'. Harpur continues her letter by recommending to Hamilton other acquaintances.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter also relates to Lady Warwick who Harpur believes that she has alarmed. Warwick intended to send her son to Winchester and Harpur assured her that she had heard that 'bad fevers frequently prevail there' and hopes that her brother will choose some other school. Harpur also offers advice to Hamilton's husband on the benefits to the health of 'taking a Raw egg, twice a Day'. Harpur ends her letter offering advice on Hamilton's forthcoming confinement.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Caulk [Abbey, Derbyshire].</p>

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