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, thanking Hamilton for her letter and for her kind words. She also writes on the eye complaint that she is suffering from, which have at times made it impossible for her to do anything. She has the 'comfort however of my Good Bayne with me -- whose skill in managing my poor wretched Health & whose worth & friendship' Hamilton knows well from what Herries has told her. [It is unclear who Bayne is, see HAM/1/17/221.] The letter continues that Bayne 'is now gone his Ship being ready for Sea & we miss him sadly'. Besides his welcomed society, Herries informs Hamilton that he also read to her and her companion, a service which she greatly valued. Her companion in Bath is Miss Grace Herries, a half sister of Sir Robert's. Miss Herries's health is poor at the moment and Herries hopes that she may benefit from being in Bath. Lady Herries has also been taking the waters and has been advised by her friend Mr Bayne to do so. The waters are 'invigorating' and Herries hopes they will benefit her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on her plans and of her hopes for her husband to join her in Bath. She continues on friendship and on what she sees as the effect of bilious complaints. Herries ends her letter with her hope that Hamilton will like Herries husband's pamphlets -- 'He will be much flattered with y[ou]r desire to see it'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Bath.</p>

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