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 the death of Herries' young sister, the situation in Paris, the importance of friendship with Hamilton and the poor health of a mutual friend.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Hamilton has written to Herries on the death of her 'child' Mary [her young sister whom she has been caring for?] and Herries writes that she takes comfort in her words and will 'yield cheerfully as well as submissively my dear angel Child to her God'. The letter continues on her loss and on her hope to be one day reunited with her child. She notes that Hamilton was as tender as a mother could be to her Mary and that Hamilton had written of her in a way 'worthy to yourself & of her'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on the poor health of a friend in Teignmouth, the importance of Herries's friendship with Hamilton, on Sir Robert Herries and Mr Sackville seeing John Dickenson in Bath (for Dickenson's account of their initial meeting see HAM/1/2/19 p.2) and on the benefits of sea air and bathing.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues dated the following day. Herries writes that the situation in Paris is in turmoil and that in consequence Sir Robert will not allow Nina and herself to travel there with him. There is a body of troops in Paris and Sir Robert believes that the 'mob will soon be subdued'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Teignmouth.</p>

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