HAMILTON, EMMA, Lady Autograph letter signed in full "Emma Hamilton."
Undated (perhaps 1793), 1 pp. on a single large folded sheet of paper, written in brown ink, the integral leaf with address and a fine red wax seal. Page size 14 1/2 x 9 inches (36 x 23 cm); addressed to "My Dear Dear Mrs. Walcot" signed above a two-line postscript. Usual folds, some minor spotting, usual seal tear on address leaf. Housed in a double-sided frame.
Written in Emma Hamilton's typically sprawling and slapdash hand, this anguished letter appears to take the form of a farewell. "I send you 2 letters & if you can recollect any others send me word. My mother says I must now take leave of you it is cruel but I must obey against my will. Oh my dear madam, what I suffered yesterday, God Bless you, may you be happy as you deserve. & then you must be completely so. I cannot write to you any more for my tears begin to flow again. Love me, remember me, some times when you are many, many miles off, when your Emma Hamilton is far from you think of her as she deserves heavens bless you..." While Emma was somewhat given to passionate letters, this is exceptional by any account, though unfortunately we cannot divine the context. Several letters by Lady Hamilton to Mrs. Walcot survive, some regarding the possibility of the presentation of Mrs. Walcot at court. Perhaps something went amiss with these plans? Emma Hamilton's mother, Mary, was a force to be reckoned with, fiercely protective of her daughter's interests.
C Property from a Private New Jersey Collection
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