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, discussing the Battle of Trafalgar. Napier writes of the glorious news of Trafalgar and his worry over his son, William, who is a midshipman on the <i><i>Defence</i></i> and was part of the action. He knows nothing as yet as to his son's fate. ‘Tomorrow may possibly bring the Detail of the Engagement, & the dreadful List of the Sufferers’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter is also concerned with Napier's new house on Queen Street, a trip to the Highlands and his eldest daughter's health, Mary had caught scarlet fever. A number of the servants are also suffering from scarlet fever and he notes that his house is beginning to resemble a hospital.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Napier writes in detail on his finances and on family news.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Queen Street, [Edinburgh].</p>

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