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, containing news of friends and expressing Herries's concern at not having received a letter from Hamilton.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries has been expecting a letter from Hamilton for a fortnight in answer to the one she had sent, although she acknowledges that 'strictly speaking it did not require answer'. Herries knows that Hamilton and her husband's interest in her family's 'affairs too well not to feel certain' they would have written for information concerning them and Sir Robert's business, and with Herries 'having left London in consequence', if not had something prevented it. She fears Hamilton or her family may be ill. [Sir Robert had resigned from his banking business located at St. James's Street in 1798 and as a result they had to leave St. James's Street (see HAM/1/17/230).] Herries asks for a line from Hamilton to ease her anxiety. Herries has also been ill and writes of taking 'James's Powder'. She continues with general news of family and friends. Sir Robert is well and his brother-in-law Mr Falls is with them, although he will return to London on business. She notes that he is now one of the Light Horse Volunteers, of which Charles Herries, Sir Robert's brother, is in command. Mrs Foote and her children [née Nina Herries] are with her in Bath and has received a good account of her husband Edward [Lady Herries's brother, Vice-Admiral], who is at St Vincent.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries reports that Mrs Preston has gone to her daughter's Mrs Talbot and had earlier asked after Hamilton.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Bath.</p>

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