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

Napier, Francis Scott, 8th Lord

Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton, discussing Lady Cathcart's legacy, Napier's political ambitions, and his family and home in Wilton Lodge. Napier writes that he was intending to open his letter with a proverb but 'knowing the Indigo tint of your disposition, I am fearful of being sent to chesterfield for a rebuke'. He writes on his house at Wilton Lodge which is 47 miles from Edinburgh. He notes the expense of the purchase and the furnishings and that he has not yet sold his house in Edinburgh. His sister, Harriet is currently living in the Edinburgh house and he writes of the difficulty of having a sister and a wife in one house and having at times to take sides between them.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Napier has received a copy of the bequests made by his grandmother Lady Cathcart [whose estate was in Tewin Water] which he lists in detail. He himself received £200.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter continues with news of family and friends. Napier also notes that he has met Robert Hamilton, Frederick Hamilton's son (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-ham/ham/1/4/1'>HAM/1/4/1</a>) and finds him to be 'moody'. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Wilton Lodge [Roxburghshire].</p>


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