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, apologising to Hamilton. Hamilton has taken offence at Herries's writing to one of her friends [presumably Miss Bowdler] on Hamilton's behalf without first asking her permission. In doing so she admits that she sees 'that I have committed an Error. I have taken a liberty [...] in engaging you to know a certain friend of mine without having first your permission'. She sees this now 'heartily' and asks to be forgiven. Hamilton had given her reasons as to why she 'is against being personally known to Miss—', and Herries gives her reasons for her actions in response. Her friend had long wanted to meet Hamilton and Herries is sure that she would be displeased with her is she had not told her that she was in town.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries has never mentioned the differences between [Miss Bowdler & Sir Robert, & she 'can hardly suppose you [Hamilton] quite ignorant of it, she may very naturally think you [Hamilton] do not choose to meddle'. The letter continues on the subject and ends with Herries asking to be remembered to friends, including Mrs Garrick and Hannah More.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>

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