The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Harriet Foote to Mary Hamilton

Foote, Harriet

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Harriet Foote, a cousin of Lady Catherine Herries, to Mary Hamilton, concerning the death of Lady Herries. She says that prior to her death Lady Herries was in a state where 'she received no pleasure from the society of those most dear to her'. She believes that it was not in anyone's power to 'give her a moment's enjoyment', and that those close to her would not have wished her life to be 'prolonged' in such a state. She therefore hopes that Hamilton 'will not feel the same degree of grief that under different circumstances the death of Lady Herries would have occasioned'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Harriet Foote continues on Sir Robert Herries. She also lists the items that Herries has left to Hamilton on her will, which include a silver inkstand that had been left to Herries by Ms Elizabeth Carter (see HAM/1/17/295) and a quarto volume of Miss Bowdler's Essays.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Prestbury, [Gloucestershire].</p>

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