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, relating to war and family and friends. On the subject of Napier's last letter to Hamilton [HAM/1/20/42] and an application for government assistance, he writes that he could never perceive Hamilton in any other light than she deserves and therefore would never suppose her as acting in that 'detestable of all characters, a courtier'. He had never meant for her to make an application, only to 'hint' to him a 'proper chanel' to make it.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Napier writes of war and notes that the country is in a 'sweet situation at last the Dutch too are to attack us'. He at least is 'exchanged' and 'able & willing to serve [...] [his] country anywhere'. He would prefer any service other than recruiting. Napier complains to Hamilton that she sends him news of Prince Frederick's departure but does not tell him who is to accompany him. He asks that she write all the news.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter ends with gossip. Miss E. Whitbread has married Lord St John —— and Napier wonders what her eldest sister thinks of this as it has been reported that she wanted the title herself. The father has given them £30,000 each. He asks Hamilton what she thinks of him 'making up to Miss ——' and hopes she will be the 'Best Maid'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Welwyn, [Hertfordshire].</p>

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