The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton

Napier, Francis Scott, 8th Lord

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton. The letter relates to his romantic life and the Act for the Relief of the Roman Catholics. Napier writes that he has spent the past few hours being teased and has had his schemes of marrying a £70,000 heiress overturned [see HAM/1/20/8] by his meeting a girl who does not possess a sixpence. He writes that he is now as much in love as Hamilton is herself.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Napier also writes on the subject of the ‘act for the relief of the Roman Catholics’ writing that people are as ‘mad about’ it as Hamilton and if there is an ‘attempt to extend it to this side of the Tweed’ he has an idea of what the consequence will be. ‘The mind of a Presbyterian by nature enthusiastic, revolts at the most distant idea of tolerating a Religion diametrically opposite to what they profess’. He asks Hamilton to write him a letter as to her opinion on the subject.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues with news of friends.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Hopetoun House.</p>

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