Correspondence from Charlotte Margaret Gunning

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/15
  • Dates of Creation
      c.1779-1790
  • Physical Description
      2 sub-subseries; 71 items. Condition: a number of the notes in this sub-series have been glued together onto one sheet.

Scope and Content

Charlotte Margaret Gunning, daughter of Sir Robert Gunning, 1st Baronet, was born in 1759, although in a letter dated 26 January 1789, she claimed to be 28 years old (HAM/1/15/34). Charlotte Gunning was a Maid of Honour to Queen Charlotte and married Colonel the Hon. Stephen Digby in 1790. She was a close friend of Mary Hamilton and she died in 1794.

The papers in this sub-series relate to the friendship between the two women. They write about Court life, sharing news of their romances, the balls and opera that they attended, the literature they read, and their feelings. Gunning confesses to Hamilton her feelings of melancholy and of not being 'out' in the world. They write about other Court figures, the Royal family and their own families.

Hamilton and Gunning use a series of code names such as 'Hero' for Hamilton's friend Mrs Charlotte Walsingham, so it is not always clear to whom they are referring.

Arrangement

This sub-series has been arranged into two sub-subseries: HAM/1/15/1 comprises correspondence of Charlotte Margaret Gunning; HAM/1/15/2 is the correspondence of Mary Hamilton to Charlotte Margaret Gunning. Within each sub-subseries, items are arranged in chronological order.