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GEO/ADD/3/83/26

Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

Diplomatic Text


26

I am my friend something better to day I
have kept myself quiet all day -- they wanted
me to go to ye. Opera to night, but had I been
well I should not have so celebrated the first
anniversary of my Mam̄as death -- I mean
not however impiously to endulge grief --
I hope this Eveg Mrs. Jackson & her amiable
Sister
who supported me through ye: dreadful
Scene last year will come & sit with me
this Eveg -- Adieu Adieu my friend -- For my
                                                         sake be[1]



be careful to b------------------------ Treason to
------------------------------------------------------------
[2]
Saty Afternoon 6 o'Clock
27 Novbr. 1779
anniversary of her Mother's death

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Notes


 1. It is likely that be was to be a catchword, as the cancelled text overleaf begins with ‘be’.
 2. If the few semi-legible words of this abandoned passage are correctly transcribed, its ideas are resumed in 'treasonous' and 'be upon your guard' in GEO/ADD/3/83/27, which is probably part of the same draft letter.

Normalised Text



I am my friend something better I
have kept myself quiet all day -- they wanted
me to go to the Opera to night, but had I been
well I should not have so celebrated the first
anniversary of my Mammas death -- I mean
not however impiously to indulge grief --
I hope this Evening Mrs. Jackson & her amiable
Sister who supported me through the dreadful
Scene last year will come & sit with me
this Evening -- Adieu Adieu my friend -- For my
                                                         sake be




Saturday Afternoon 6 o'Clock
27 November 1779

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 1. It is likely that be was to be a catchword, as the cancelled text overleaf begins with ‘be’.
 2. If the few semi-legible words of this abandoned passage are correctly transcribed, its ideas are resumed in 'treasonous' and 'be upon your guard' in GEO/ADD/3/83/27, which is probably part of the same draft letter.

Metadata

Library References

Repository: Windsor Castle, The Royal Archives

Archive: GEO/ADD/3 Additional papers of George IV, as Prince, Regent, and King

Item title: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

Shelfmark: GEO/ADD/3/83/26

Correspondence Details

Sender: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: London (certainty: medium)

Addressee: George, Prince of Wales (later George IV)

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 27 November 1779

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales, on her grief on the anniversary of her mother's death.
    Hamilton writes that she will not go to the Opera, and hopes that Mrs Jackson and her sister will sit with her.
    Written Saturday afternoon at 6 o'clock.
    [A section has been crossed out.]
    [Draft.]
   

Length: 1 sheet, 91 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, 2019-2022).

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: Christine Wallis, editorial team (completed January 2020)

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

Revision date: 10 December 2021

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