Correspondence from Friends at Court

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/7
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      13 sub-subseries; 170 items. Condition: two of the letters in both HAM/1/7/4 and HAM/1/7/10 have been censored and have had text cut from them and a number of the sheets in HAM/1/7/6 are torn.

Scope and Content

This sub-series consists of correspondence from some of the friends that Mary Hamilton made while she occupied the position of sub-governess to the Royal children at Court. Included is correspondence from other sub-governesses such as Louisa Cheveley (HAM/1/7/2), Ariana Egerton (HAM/1/7/3) and Margaret Planta (HAM/1/7/10). Also included is the correspondence of John Farhill (HAM/1/7/4), sub-governor to Prince Edward, and John Fisher (HAM/1/7/6), Bishop of Salisbury and preceptor to Prince Edward, as well as correspondence from other courtiers including Sophia Fielding (HAM/1/7/5), Mrs Anne Leland (HAM/1/7/8), Mrs Schwellenberg (HAM/1/7/13), Wilhelmina King (HAM/1/7/7) and Catherine Walkinshaw (HAM/1/7/12). Also included is correspondence of Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Georges Séroux d’Agincourt, French archaeologist and historian (HAM/1/7/1), and the Duchess of Portland (HAM/1/7/11). There are thirteen sub-subseries:

  • HAM/1/7/1: Correspondence from Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Georges Séroux d’Agincourt, 10 items;
  • HAM/1/7/2: Correspondence from Louisa Cheveley, 22 items;
  • HAM/1/7/3: Correspondence from Ariana Margaret Egerton, 27 items;
  • HAM/1/7/4: Correspondence from John Farhill, 12 items;
  • HAM/1/7/5: Correspondence from Sophia Fielding, 21 items;
  • HAM/1/7/6: Correspondence from John Fisher, 23 items;
  • HAM/1/7/7: Correspondence from Wilhelmina King, 7 items;
  • HAM/1/7/8: Correspondence from Mrs Anne Leland, 8 items;
  • HAM/1/7/9: Correspondence from Lady Juliana and Sophia Penn, 4 items;
  • HAM/1/7/10: Correspondence from Margaret Planta, 8 items;
  • HAM/1/7/11: Correspondence from the Duchess of Portland, 5 items;
  • HAM/1/7/12: Correspondence from Catherine Walkinshaw, 19 items;
  • HAM/1/7/13: Court sundries, 6 items.

The correspondence in this sub-subseries conveys news of the Royal family, details of life at Court, and gossip about the Court and wider society. The sub-subseries also includes information on literature and on the various social engagements that Mary Hamilton or her friends attended including balls, parties and the Opera.


This sub-series has been arranged into 13 sub-subseries arranged by author. Each sub-subseries has been arranged in chronological order with undated items placed at the end of each sequence unless dates could be inferred from their content, context or physical characteristics.