<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Lady Catherine Herries to Mary Hamilton. She writes generally on Hamilton's health and on her own disappointment at not being able to visit London because of the expense (see HAM/1/17/287). It would have raised her 'spirits', which she is in greatly in need of at the moment; she would have liked to see her friends. She notes that in Cheltenham 'I have acquaintances & what I call secondary friends but not one Being who takes me to their heart or loves me individually'; there is one good friend but she has been away all winter. She continues on her friend and on Hamilton's cousin, Mrs Holman, who she likes very much. With regards Mrs Holman's mother, Rachel Hamilton, she agrees with Hamilton's opinion of her. Referring to Mrs Holman's brother, Robert Hamilton, as that 'unlucky Being', she notes that he has been here to see his parents, having come from some place in Wales. 'Well do I remember the plague he was to you & Mr D'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Herries ends with her remembrances to Hamilton and her family.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Cheltenham.</p>
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