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, concerning Hamilton's new house [Leighton House, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire]. She wishes it was closer to her in London. She nevertheless hopes that she will be able to see her over the summer. She has seen De Salis (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/21</a>) and they talked of Hamilton. The letter continues on Herries's brother, Edward Foote [Vice-Admiral Edward James Foote (1767-1833), appointed Vice-Admiral in 1821. He married twice, first to Nina Herries whom he divorced in 1803]. He 'is confined at duty to Sheerness' at present [In 1797 sailors from the Royal navy mutinied off the coast of Sheerness]. She is anxious for him but 'it is far better than if his crew were not faithful'. His wife and 'babes' are with Lady Herries and he does not want them to return to Sheerness 'in the present state'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues briefly with general news, people's 'hopes of peace' and with the news of friends, including Elizabeth Carter.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St. James's Street, [London].</p>

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