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 says that she had written to Hamilton the previous month, a week before she left London for Cheltenham (see HAM/1/17/215), in which she and her husband had 'flattered ourselves with being able to enjoy the great pleasure of spending a few days with you on our way home from' Cheltenham, providing that the time is convenient for Hamilton and her family. Lady and Sir Robert Herries have been in Cheltenham for just over a fortnight. Sir Robert was quite 'shabby' the first week here, yet has since improved. She reports that the waters seem to suit both of them. They intend to leave Cheltenham on the following Monday and to spend a day or so in Malvern, and they hope to be with Hamilton by the end of the week. Sir Robert will have to leave early for town but Lady Herries will be able to spend a few more days with Hamilton. Herries hopes that this will be convenient for Hamilton but if Hamilton does have other guests or plans, she will visit another time. She asks that Hamilton write her a line by return post to let her know. The letter continues on the proposed visit. Sir Robert's brother-in-law Mr Falls 'is of our party'. She is unsure whether he is to go directly to town from Cheltenham or leave when Sir Robert does. Herries wonders if there will be room with him 'since my husband and I have two rooms'. She is happy to have her maid in her room if a 'little bed' can be found for her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>

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