Letters from Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Margaret Gunning
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Repository: John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester
Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers
Item title: Letters from Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Margaret Gunning
Date: between ?November 1779 and 27 August 1783
Summary: Two letters from Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Gunning. The first letter is dated 27 August 1783 and concerns Gunning's health and news of Sir William and Lady Wake.
The second letter is incorrectly dated November 1789, and probably should be 1779. This incomplete letter relates to the unwanted attentions of a suitor [possibly or a Mr Bourdieu who proposed marriage to her]. Hamilton writes that 'little fool B has offer[e]d that great soul of a woman 100 Guineas to procure a small lock of my Hair – my answer was, That provided he W[ou]ld cut off his hair he should have the combings of mine' which her maid will give him to make 'a little bob wig & to be worn without powder'. She notes that he wrote a letter from 'Babel' to enquire after her. She is anxious that he used her full name in the note and that 'from his manner of talking & writing about me – any person that did not know me might imagine I encouraged it'.
Original reference No. 23.
Length: 2 sheets, 10 words
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).
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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.
Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library
Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Research Institute and Library
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Revision date: 21 October 2021