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HAM/1/4/4/11

Letter from Sir William Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

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                             Sat. Morng 24 Janry.
                                                         1784
      I send you, with a fare well pang
my head of ------Jupiter & I send the
Sulphur of the damaged Piombino
Augustus with the Name of Dioscorides
thereon, & which proves plainly that
The Augustus is the work of the
same celebrated Artist
. Be so good
as to present both to the Ducheʃs
I will if poʃsible wait upon her
Grace
by 3 o'clock -- The bills which
are in her Graces pocket book very
unprofitably woud save me 5 pr. Cent
which I am paying; if the busineʃs
therefore can be closed I shall gain
& the Ducheʃs will not lose -- I think



I think the inclosed receipt
wou'd secure the Ducheʃs in Case
any accident shoud happen to me
before the Vase is deliverd to Her
Grace
-- There Cipriani will
begin his drawing next week
but He is not to be depended upon
I had as soon wish that the
Ducheʃs
woud keep the Vase
till He is ready to make the
drawing as have it myself for
I have daily plagues upon the
Subject
      Yours most affly
                             My Dear Niece
                                                         W:H.

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                             Saturday Morning 24 January
                                                         1784
      I send you, with a fare well pang
my head of Jupiter & I send the
Sulphur of the damaged Piombino
Augustus with the Name of Dioscorides
thereon, & which proves plainly that
The Augustus is the work of the
same celebrated Artist. Be so good
as to present both to the Duchess
I will if possible wait upon her
Grace by 3 o'clock -- The bills which
are in her Graces pocket book very
unprofitably would save me 5 pr. Cent
which I am paying; if the business
therefore can be closed I shall gain
& the Duchess will not lose --



I think the enclosed receipt
would secure the Duchess in Case
any accident should happen to me
before the Vase is delivered to Her
Grace -- There Cipriani will
begin his drawing next week
but He is not to be depended upon
I had as soon wish that the
Duchess would keep the Vase
till He is ready to make the
drawing as have it myself for
I have daily plagues upon the
Subject
      Yours most affectionately
                             My Dear Niece
                                                         William Hamilton

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Library References

Repository: John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Sir William Hamilton to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/4/4/11

Correspondence Details

Sender: Sir William Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 24 January 1784

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Sir William Hamilton to Mary Hamilton. He sends a couple of his art works, the head of Jupiter and the ‘Sulphur of the damaged Piombino Augustus with the name of Dioscorides thereon, proving plainly that The Augustus is the work of the same celebrated Artist’. He asks his niece to show them to the Duchess of Portland and he will visit the Duchess later that day. He writes of his hopes that the business of selling his art will be completed soon. He also notes that Cipriani [Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), decorative painter and draughtsman] is to make a drawing of the vase.
   

Length: 1 sheet, 187 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers' (Hannah Barker, Sophie Coulombeau, David Denison, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph, Christine Wallis & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2019-2023).

All quotation marks are retained in the text and are represented by appropriate Unicode characters. Words split across two lines may have a hyphen on the first, the second or both fragments (reco-|ver, imperfect|-ly, satisfacti-|-on); or a double hyphen (pur=|port, dan|=ger, qua=|=litys); or none (respect|ing). Any point in abbreviations with superscripted letter(s) is placed last, regardless of relative left-right orientation in the original. Thus, Mrs. or Mrs may occur, but M.rs or Mr.s do not.

Acknowledgements: Transcription and XML version created as part of project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers', funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council under grant AH/S007121/1.

Transliterator: Tino Oudesluijs, editorial team (completed 27 July 2020)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Research Institute and Library

Copyright: Transcriptions, notes and TEI/XML © the editors

Revision date: 2 November 2021

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