Correspondence from the Royal Family

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
      1743-1815
  • Physical Description
      6 sub-subseries; 129 items. Condition: three sheets are damaged in HAM/1/1/5 and partially torn.

Scope and Content

This sub-series consists of correspondence that Hamilton received from members of the Royal family. It includes letters from Queen Charlotte, the Princess Royal, Princess Augusta and Princess Elizabeth, amongst others. There are six sub-subseries:

  • HAM/1/1/1: Miscellaneous correspondence and papers of princesses and others, 28 items;
  • HAM/1/1/2: Correspondence from Queen Charlotte, 11 items;
  • HAM/1/1/3: Correspondence from Princess Elizabeth, 11 items;
  • HAM/1/1/4: Correspondence from Princess Augusta Sophia, 37 items;
  • HAM/1/1/5: Correspondence from the Princess Royal, Charlotte Augusta Matilda, 26 items;
  • HAM/1/1/6: Miscellaneous papers relating to the Royal Family, 16 items.
The correspondence reflects the esteem and deep affection which the Royal family held for Hamilton. The majority of the correspondence relates to Hamilton's time at Court and her work as a sub-governess. The Queen and the princesses sent her notes while she was at Court and more formal letters when she was away at Eastbourne or at her mother's home. HAM/1/1/6 consists of a number of writing samplers from several of the Royal children and document Hamilton's role as sub-governess.

Arrangement

The sub-series has been arranged into six sub-subseries and reflects the original order in which the archive was received. Within each sub-subseries, items are arranged chronologically with undated letters placed at the end of each sequence unless dates could be inferred from their content, context or format.