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. There are a great many 'amiable' and 'sensible' people around Tewin Water but he confesses that he is a little tired of the 'insipid formality of most of our Country Visitors' there. He finds it odd that people who have invited him to their houses, 'have never thought of introducing me to their wifes [<i>sic</i>] & families when' they meet at an assembly. It is only the cheerfulness of his 'old Lady' and his disposition that 'make the absurdity of many of these people tolerable'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter is also concerned with family news and Napier hopes that Cathcart will visit Tewin Water as Lady Cathcart is vexed with him already for not paying her due respect by informing her of his 'wife's delivery'. He continues that he thinks the Greville's 'have a very difficult game to play' and notes that if Lady Cathcart was his mother he would pay her the proper attention but would not live with her. Napier also notes that Lady Cathcart has asked Hamilton to write to her with news of the Royal children and whether bathing agrees with them. The letter continues on Lady Cathcart and he ends noting that he will not mention anything about Derbyshire [home of John Dickenson] unless asked.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Tewin Water, [Hertfordshire].</p>

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