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

Foote (née Herries), Nina, Herries (née Foote), Catherine

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter written in the hand of Nina Herries, on behalf of Lady Catherine Herries, to John Dickenson. She thanks Dickenson for his 'few Lines' and notes that she is suffering from weak eyes and is obliged to Nina Herries for writing the letter for her. Herries is to leave town the following day to spend a week visiting Malling Abbey and hopes that the change in air will be beneficial both to her eyes and herself. From the Abbey she will continue her journey to Tunbridge, where she will join her friends 'Sir W. & Lady Forbes'. She reports that she has had a good account of her husband, Sir Robert, who left Paris on Friday and who is now travelling to Barcelona, where she expects him to be by the end of the week.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on the subject of Hamilton being 'unwell on the Road' and asks Dickenson to have Hamilton write her a letter when she has time. She is in hopes that her recovery is true and that she will hear so from Hamilton herself shortly.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries sends her compliments to the Dickensons from the Cunynghames and informs them that Lady C. has just safely given birth to a son and that 'both she & the Child are doing very well'. Herries also notes that Hamilton will be glad to hear that Herries's servant 'Hannell' has safely given birth and is recovering well but that unfortunately the baby is very poorly.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries is sorry for Dickenson's 'vexation about the Ruffles' but insists that he need not be so and that Mr Sackville begs him not to try and obtain any others as this would 'hurt him'. Herries continues with Mr Sackville's compliments to Dickenson's family and concludes on the subject of Madame de Sisley (see HAM/1/17/192) obtaining a letter of recommendation to Hamilton's uncle, Sir William Hamilton [Ambassador to Naples], and that Herries believes that Madame de Sisley leaves quite soon and hence needs to get the letter to her soon.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James's Street, [London].</p>

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