<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton. He writes on the ‘state of the nation’ and concludes that nothing will improve until the King employs men of merit and not allow them to be idle. Napier notes that he is ‘out of all patience’ and that if he could afford to he would resign from his ‘commission to have the satisfaction of thrashing L[or]d Amherst’ who assures him that he wishes to serve him but takes no notice of him when there are thirteen regiments that are to be raised. Even the youngest ensign in his own regiment ‘is to have a Lieutenancy for three days merely to entitle him to a Captain Lieut[anc]y in one of the new Corps’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues on news of family and friends.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Edinburgh.</p>
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