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 has the opportunity of writing to Hamilton for only half the price of postage and could nor resist therefore writing a few lines. She may have postponed writing so soon if this was not the case (as she is suffering with her eyes at the moment and it is difficult for her to even look at anything). She writes of 'being anxious to hear more' on a 'certain Subject', although she fears this would be likely to be unpleasant (see HAM/1/17/235). [It is unclear as to what she is referring to, though it may possibly be to Hamilton's relations, the Palombis.] 'How I feel for you both to have to communicate such a thing to the good old Gentleman [presumably John Dickenson Senior] [...] for the coming of that family'. She hopes that Hamilton will not let it affect her 'spirits for they are not deserving of it' nor of the 'goodness' that Hamilton and her husband have shown them. Herries is pleased that Hamilton and her family are well and she looks forward to when she can next see her.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Sir Robert Herries has been in Cheltenham and has taken a house there, which Herries describes as a 'small dwelling' for three months beginning on 22 May. She writes that for the present time at least, they still intend to live in Bath. [The Herrieses moved from London to Cheltenham as a permanent residence in late May 1798, see HAM/1/17/233.] Herries continues with general news of Bath. Mrs Hinde[?] is here and has called on her and is to return to town shortly. Herries asks to be remembered to her friends the De Salises (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/21</a>).</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Bath.</p>

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