<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Mary Anne Napier [later Lady Napier] to Mary Hamilton. She writes that while her husband is absent she scarcely has a moment to do as she pleases. She apologises for being so bad a correspondent but is thankful for Hamilton's letters to her and for her understanding. She is glad to hear that Hamilton's mother is recovered and she hopes that Hamilton will 'persuade her to make out an Assignation at Buxton w[it]h Mr Napier next May' as she is sure that it will do her good. Napier writes that she does not have to tell Hamilton how jealous she is of her and her mother as her husband admires them both and fills his letters with news of both that she hopes his 'affections are Divided & so that I may come in for my third share'. She is glad that Hamilton considers John Hope (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-ham/ham/1/6/8'>HAM/1/6/8</a>) to be an agreeable addition to her society and that his spirits have improved. She envies him for the society he now keeps.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Abbey [Edinburgh].</p>
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