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 enquired on Hamilton's behalf whether Miss Henry had been in Cheltenham, and confirms that she has been here for some weeks and that she had benefited from the water; far from being alone and in an 'unprotected state', she had two friends staying with her and family close by. Herries continues on the family connections and on others in Cheltenham, which includes the Miss Boswells, whom she describes as a 'very respectable Irish family'. They are the friends of Hamilton's friend, Mrs Preston. She assures Hamilton that Miss Henry is as comfortable as can be. Herries has waited on her and, if she goes out in the evening before she leaves, she will ask her to take tea with her and, if she 'can be of any use to her', she will be so.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on John Dickenson's poor health, Louisa Dickenson's recovery and on the benefits of a mild climate. Herries continues on Hamilton's neighbours and on Sir Robert who is in Scotland organising the sale of wood from his farm. Herries writes that Miss Bowdler is to return to Italy. She notes that Mrs Jones, one of Miss Henry's friends, 'wishes to know me' and Herries will ask about Hamilton's friend for her when she has the opportunity.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>

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