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GEO/ADD/3/83/59

Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales

Diplomatic Text

[1]


As you so strongly recommend diʃsipation
I desire to know you will please to tell me
in wht.[2] line I am to adopt, or whose bright
------ example I am to follow in ye. train of
fashion & folly I am to persue -- I think
this highly neceʃsary, for if by chance my
name should rise high in ye. Ton[3] -- you
can then take the credit of ye. applause I
gain, & may expect my grateful acknowl-
ledgements
-- if by contamination I
lose not the sense of that virtue



-- -- so --
      You see my frd. I am worthy of yr-
friendship & confidences -- when that
ceases -- you will hear no more of me
& we shall be then separated for Ever --

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Notes


 1. On the order of letters around this date in November 1779, see GEO/ADD/3/82/65 p.1 n.1.
 2. Emended by author from wh. 'which' to wht. 'what'.
 3. ‘People of fashion; fashionable society; the fashionable world’ (OED s.v. ton n. 3. Accessed 22-05-2020).

Normalised Text



As you so strongly recommend dissipation
I desire you will please to tell me
what line I am to adopt, or whose bright
------ example in the train of
fashion & folly I am to pursue -- I think
this highly necessary, for if by chance my
name should rise high in the Ton -- you
can then take the credit of the applause I
gain, & may expect my grateful acknowledgements
-- if by contamination I
lose not the sense of that virtue



-- -- so --
      You see my friend I am worthy of your
friendship & confidences -- when that
ceases -- you will hear no more of me
& we shall be then separated for Ever --

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 1. On the order of letters around this date in November 1779, see GEO/ADD/3/82/65 p.1 n.1.
 2. Emended by author from wh. 'which' to wht. 'what'.
 3. ‘People of fashion; fashionable society; the fashionable world’ (OED s.v. ton n. 3. Accessed 22-05-2020).

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/3/83/59

Correspondence Details

Sender: Mary Hamilton

Place sent: unknown

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

Place received: unknown

Date sent: between 19 and 22 November 1779
notBefore 19 November 1779 (precision: medium)
notAfter 22 November 1779 (precision: medium)

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Hamilton to George, Prince of Wales, on the Prince's recommendation of dissipation and her becoming part of the 'Ton'; and the end this would mean for their friendship.
    [Draft.]
   

Length: 1 sheet, 111 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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