29 July 1796

Eliza Gregory1 to Mary Hays, 30 Kirby Street, Hatton Garden, Friday morning, [29 July 1796].2


My dear friend

      I cannot but charge the elements with unkindness, as I have twice since my return from the country set out to call upon you, & been prevented by the showers. I hope you will soon have the goodness to come & see me, as our annual recess from this noisy dirty place will soon take place. Tell me you are well, in spirits, & when I may hope to see you, as I have several visits to pay before we leave Town & should be vexed to be absent when you come. Love me & believe me Most truly yours

                                    E. Gregory 

Friday Morng


Address: Miss Hays | 30 Kirby Street | Hatton Garden

Postmark: 29 July 1796, 4 o’clock


Penny Post Unpaid

1 Eliza Gregory was the sister of George Gregory (mentioned in previous letters), an editor affiliated at this time with the Analytical Review. As her later letter reveals (28 March 1801), she was a friend of Elizabeth Hamilton and moved within a wide literary circle in London. 

2 MS. Misc. 2176, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 306.