The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Lady Catherine Herries (née Foote) to John Dickenson

Herries (née Foote), Catherine

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Catherine Herries to John Dickenson, expressing her love for both Mary Hamilton and him. She 'rejoices' in their happiness at the birth of their baby and commiserates that Hamilton is not able to nurse the baby herself. 'I feel what regret this must have cast such a mind as hers'. The letter continues on Hamilton's health and Herries's wish to write to her. She holds back from doing such a thing in case it puts 'the thought of a pen in her head', which thought Herries does not wish to enter it for some time yet.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries continues her letter with news of her family. She writes of her brother, a sailor, who is currently with her, and of London society, which she notes is full of politics and of praise of Mr Sheridan's speech [Richard Brinsley Sheridan, (1751-1816), playwright and politician. The speech referred to may be Sheridan's speech of the 7th February relating to Warren Hastings, Esq].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James's Street, [London].</p>

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