<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Catherine Herries to Mary Hamilton, relating to the death of Lady Herries's eldest brother.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>It has been longer than usual since Herries had received a letter from Hamilton. Since both John Dickenson Senior and his daughter Sarah's health is poor, Herries hopes that this is not the cause of the silence. Herries continues her letter the following day as she was suffering from a headache the previous day, which made it difficult to carry out any of her 'duties of the day practicable'. Herries writes with sad news. Her eldest brother has died. His death came as an 'unexpected blow' to her. The letter continues on her brother's death and on his family.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>She ends her letter with general news. Herries writes on Cheltenham, which is at present full of 'fine people -- of whom I know not one though you would all'. The alterations in her house are almost complete and she hopes soon to have a more comfortable home. Herries has heard from Mrs Elizabeth Carter, who writes on Mrs Elizabeth Montagu (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-ham/ham/1/6/4'>HAM/1/6/4</a>) [Montagu died in August 1800] her will and the failure of her coal mine with a loss of £700 per annum, which had led to disappointments.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>
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