<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton, discussing his son William's ship and his own salary for his political career. He hopes that his son does not regret his choice of the Navy. Napier writes that he is now on the <i><i>Defence</i></i> which is cruising off the coast of Spain. The <i><i>Defence</i></i> sailed with Sir John Orde's Squadron from Portsmouth. He reports that whilst the ship was refitting on the Thames, a number of its crew caught smallpox and measles, and William had noted in his last letter that he was recovering from measles. He writes that his younger son, Francis, has also shown an interest in going to sea but Napier has told him that he cannot until he is 14.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Wilton Lodge, [Roxburghshire].</p>
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