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

Herries (née Foote), Catherine

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Catherine Herries to Mary Hamilton. She writes that she longs to see Hamilton's daughter, Louisa, and to hold her in her arms. She asks if there is any chance of the Dickensons coming to London as there is little chance of her being able to visit Bath.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries also writes with news of friends. She saw Hannah More, who had just come to town. More told her how unlucky she was to leave the country at precisely the time that Hamilton had arrived at Bath but that she is 'delighted to hear you are so well & should write you a long letter soon'. More also noted that she had heard from those who had seen Louisa that she is 'quite a little beauty'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries returns to news of her family and friends. Her ill aunt, who she has been looking after (see HAM/1/17/84) has now died. Herries saw Mrs Vesey the previous Thursday and notes that she looked 'tolerably well'. Mrs Carter 'had not been stout of late, nothing new'. Herries's husband's daughter, Nina, has been unwell and her brother who she describes as 'my dear sailor' is visiting her. Herries knows that her brother loves Nina but is unable to decide whether his love is more than for an 'amiable child' (see HAM/1/17/82). [Herries's brother, Edward Foote, later married and divorced Nina Herries.]</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James's Street, [London].</p>

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