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, requesting letters of recommendation.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Captain Edward Foote, Herries's brother, is with her in Cheltenham. His friend, a Lieutenant in the Royal Marines who had served with Edward on the ship <i>Sea Horse</i>, is seeking a letter of recommendation. He is currently quartered in Northampton and will be there for some time; he is 'very anxious to procure some respectable recommendations' in the area. Herries describes him as a 'Gentleman' whom her brother holds in high regard. She asks if Hamilton is able to provide any recommendations for him.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues with news of family and acquaintances, her brother Edward and his youngest child, who now lives with the Herrieses (see HAM/1/17/272). Edward's divorce proceedings continue and Herries hopes that it will go through the House of Lords this session. Nina Herries is said to be 'penitent' and Herries hopes that this is true. She has 'brought much affliction on us all'. Herries is sorry to hear by the newspapers that Hamilton's uncle, Sir William Hamilton (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/4/4</a>) is dangerously ill. '[K]nowing that though he never showed you half ye kindness which such a niece had a right to', Hamilton will be upset by the news.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>

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