The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Louisa Murray, Lady Stormont, to Mary Hamilton

Murray (née Cathcart), Louisa

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Louisa Murray, Lady Stormont, to Mary Hamilton. She writes of the Duchess of Rutland [Mary Isabella Manners née Somerset (1756–1831), politician and society hostess]; the alarm that Hamilton had taken over a cold that her daughter had caught; Hamilton's coming to town; Stormont's brother, Charles Cathcart; and Lady Frances Harpur, whom Hamilton had seen in Buxton. She continues on the death of the Duke of Rutland [Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland (1754–1787), politician] and her former 'intimacy' with his wife, the Duchess. She writes that they were friends soon after the Duchess had married and when 'she was perfectly happy'. She writes of her being detained in England by the advice of two physicians, whilst the Duke was in Ireland and that although she is now 'very miserable' she remains 'very composed'. Stormont continues that the Duchess is a most affectionate mother and that she never saw so 'handsome a family'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Little Grove.</p>

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