Correspondence from Richard Glover and Family

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  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/13
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      49 items. Condition: two of the sheets have been damaged. HAM/1/13/38 is torn and part of the text is missing, It has been repaired with tape.

Scope and Content

Richard Glover (1712-1785) was a writer and a politician and is best known for his epic poem Leonidas. He married twice, first to Hannah Nunn in 1737 and then to Eleanor (maiden name unknown), whose letters form part of this sub-series. Glover had at least two children, Richard and Mary Glover. On his death he left his daughter Mary all his papers and a sum of £8,000 (in HAM/1/13/27, Mary Glover writes that she has been left £6,000 rather than £8,000) and £11,000 to his son. Eleanor Glover was left an annual income of £150 and the use of the household goods.

Hamilton was extremely fond of the Glovers, and called Richard Glover her second father. She stayed with his family once she left St James's and before she moved to Clarges Street. She was a regular visitor at the Glovers from then on and she arranged for Glover to have his portrait painted for her by the artist John Opie.

The correspondence in this sub-series consists of letters and notes from Richard Glover, Eleanor Glover and Mary Glover, covering subjects such as the war in America, Glover's health and his going to Bath for the waters. He writes of his 'mortification' at being considered an invalid by his wife and daughter (HAM/1/13/2) and says that they have had colds and have only been able to sample the delights of the entertainments of the city by looking out of their window. Glover sends Hamilton lines of poetry (HAM/1/13/5) and writes with advice for Hamilton to pass on to John Dickenson who is going to Buxton. He suggests that he contact the Master of the Hall in Buxton and inform him of his intention of visiting so that he can secure apartments for them rather than lodging rooms. He notes that an invalid will be put to some distress by having to 'lodge abroad; it being a law, that those without doors are not admitted to bathe, till all within are serv[e]d' (HAM/1/13/15).

Eleanor and Mary Glover write to Hamilton with news of Richard Glover's health, the bad harvest and high price of food (HAM/1/13/47), and charitable work and the raising of a subscription (see HAM/1/13/12). Mary Glover also refers to the letter of Hamilton's uncle, Sir William Hamilton, to the Royal Society on the subject of earthquakes, reported in the newspapers (HAM/1/13/24), and discusses literature and friendship. Writing half an hour after her father's death, she sends Hamilton his last words, knowing that Hamilton will want to read them and that she will be in tears when she does (HAM/1/13/27). In further letters Glover details her attempts to publish her father's works that have been left to her (see HAM/1/13/30-32, /34-5, /40, /42). She also writes about one of Hamilton's old admirers, Mr Bourdieu (see HAM/1/11) and of the shameful way in which his children treat him (HAM/1/13/37). She also discusses gossip concerning the possible marriage of the Prince of Wales and Mrs Fitzwilliam, and the attempted assassination of the King. She has heard that on the King's return to Windsor after the incident, he announced to the Queen that he was not hurt; on hearing of the attempt, the princesses burst into tears and the Queen was in 'agonies' (HAM/1/13/40). The King did not see the Prince when he came to make his enquiries. Mary Glover also writes of a marriage proposal she has received and accepted from a Mr Henry Halsey who has two natural children who were born in India and who have been brought to England for their education (HAM/1/13/45).


The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order with undated items placed at the end of the sequence unless dates could be inferred from their content, context or physical characteristics.