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. The letter is concerned with reports Herries has heard relating to the health of Hamilton's father-in-law, John Dickenson Senior.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The few lines sent by Hamilton surprise and shock Herries. Although Hamilton had written with her usual 'tender caution' it is nevertheless obvious to Herries that something has happened to Hamilton's father-in-law. Herries writes that she did not see Anna Maria Clarke the previous day but that she will call on her later in the day on her way to Richmond [for news of Hamilton]. Herries writes of a brief visit to Mrs Vesey yesterday evening, where she was told of the 'sad accident that had befallen poor Mr D[ickenson's] good father & which must have so greatly shocked you'. She continues that Mrs Henry had said that there was 'some idea about the smallpox being appeared on him' and writes of her concern for Hamilton's daughter, Louisa, who has not had smallpox. Herries offered advice and notes that she will not send this letter until after she has seen Anna Maria Clarke.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries continues her letter the following day. She has now spoken with Miss Clarke but she 'had not yet had a particular account of you'. The letter continues with general news of Sir Robert Herries, who is in Paris, and of her friend Mrs Henry.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James's Street, [London].</p>

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