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 writes of having postponed her visit to Hamilton (see HAM/1/17/246 and HAM/1/17/247) and of her love of her writing: 'our hearts beat in unison together'. She hopes that their visit has only been deferred and that one day Hamilton may be able to visit her in her 'new old House'. She thinks that she would be able to 'accommodate' Hamilton there, although 'not as well as we would wish'. She believes the waters at Cheltenham would be beneficial to Dickenson. She continues on the subject of the proposed visit to Hamilton and on their 'mutual disappointment' at this.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries writes on John Dickenson Senior having to leave his own home and going to stay with Hamilton and her husband. She notes that this must be a difficult time for him, but at least he has the 'blessing' of his son and Hamilton to care for him, as the poor health of his daughter prevents her from fully doing so [presumably Shara Dickenson].</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter ends with Herries noting that her plan to visit Lady Spencer (see HAM/1/17/247) is now no longer possible, as the days that suited Lady Spencer 'were incompatible with other plans of Miss Bowdler'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>

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