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. He writes about Lord Cathcart's election and the various disputes and objections between the various Lords. He also writes of the divorce of Lady Eglinton and notes that the Duchess of A[rgyl]e(?) waited on her and that she seems ‘to have forgot all sense of decency, if she ever possessed any’. Referring to Hamilton's cousin, Jane Hamilton, Napier writes that one of Hamilton's close relations who has a talent for ‘public pleasing’ has enough understanding to equip herself against ‘folly & fashion into which her Parents have hurried her’. The daughter that they have married is not respectable and he fears ‘they may find it difficult to fix on a proper associate for their musical Theatrical Miss. The fashionable confidence of the present day, is so different from my antiquated & vulgar notions of female delicacy that I have almost determined to renounce the Errors of my youth’ (see Jane Holman <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/4/3</a>). Napier continues with news of friends and society. He reports that Lady Campbell eloped with Napier's wife's youngest brother whilst at a masquerade party given by the Duchess of Ancaster. Henry Clavering has a fortune of only £400 per annum and no sense of economy. Lady Campbell will have to look towards the Duke for forgiveness but he expects that it will end by ‘mutual repentance and disgust’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Edinburgh.</p>

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