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, enquiring when he can meet with Hamilton and her family. He will be busy for most of the day at the ‘Hospital of Incurables’ [House of Lords] on an Estate Bill of his cousin Hope Weir [William Hope-Weir (1736-1811), MP, grandson (as was Napier) of Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun]; he has been summoned to listen at an application for a divorce; and he is to meet ‘a thin Man with a long nose, and a large wig, hears an appeal from Scotland’. It will not be possible for him to ‘escape from all these weighty matters’. He demands to know ‘If I cannot arrive at the Queen's Flower Maker's before five o'clock, at what other hours are the Extraordinary Husband, the Amazeful Wife, & the tolerably well grown, well behaved Girls to be exhibited’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James's Street [London].</p>

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