The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from William Napier, 7th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton

Napier, William, 7th Lord

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from William Napier, 7th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton. He writes that he has seen Mr Brown [spelt Browne in earlier letters. He looks after Hamilton's business interests in Scotland], and that he 'scolded [him] not a little but he has been so busy in election matters & indeed so has all the men of business in Scotland that we who have no business that way can get not one word of them'. Nevertheless, Brown has promised him that he will write to Hamilton that week and satisfy all her demands.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Napier hopes that by the time Hamilton receives this letter, she will be preparing for her visit to London, 'where reigns nonsense noise hurry & impertinance [sic] in absolute Authority & without the least controle [sic] as long as Money holds out'. He wishes she was with him and his family, as he is sure that she would be in her element: 'only think of being surrounded with about ten thousand volumes of Books, sorting them & puting [sic] them in order with a book binder geting [sic] some of them to bind'. Napier writes that this is how he has been employed for over a week and it will carry on so for much longer. He asks Hamilton for news of Northampton and of what has become of John Hope and if he is still with them, as he has heard nothing about him in Scotland. He has no news for Hamilton, as she knows no one in Edinburgh, although in general the news is of 'miffs, misfortunes, divorces, Love adventures, marriages, disappointments, Balls, Plays, concerts routs, and Assemblys as in other places in this good Island of Great Britain'. He has not attended any since he saw Hamilton last, excepting a school ball, where he went to see his children dance.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Edinburgh.</p>

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