<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton. He writes on behalf of a friend [John Philip Wood (1762-1838) civil servant and antiquary] who is writing a history of the peerage in Scotland [Sir Robert Douglas, <i><i>The Peerage of Scotland, containing an historical and genealogical account, to the present generation</i></i>, 2nd edition, revised by J. P. Wood (Edinburgh, 1813)] and wants to know as much information on Hamilton's grandfather, Lord Archibald Hamilton, as she can provide him with. He wishes to know who his first wife was, and if they had any children. His second wife was the daughter of the Earl of Abercorn and he wishes to know what children they had together and so on. He notes that his friend is deaf and dumb 'but is very quick in comprehending what is said to him'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Queen Street [Edinburgh].</p>
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