<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton. He writes on the subject of Hamilton's asking him to make enquiries on her behalf of Lady Charlotte Finch and Mrs Boscawen, unless he did ‘not approve of this’. Napier says that he would have sent his servant make enquiries to both women, if Hamilton had not given him the ‘latitude’ of choosing not to do so if he did not think it appropriate. Napier is a stranger to both women and he is sure that they would both be surprised at receiving a message from him, so he has chosen not to send one.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Hamilton has sent Napier manuscripts in the post which he has not yet received. He writes that he had sent her a paper from Mr Wood [see HAM/1/20/228] along with Mr Wood’s enquiries and he notes that if she had marked the answers to these queries in the paper he sent instead of forwarding him her manuscripts then they would ‘have remained in perfect security at Leighton’.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The letter also relates to general news. Napier notes that Major Stanhope was the son of Lord Stanhope not Lady Stanhope and that Lady ‘Cis’ is at Hampton Court.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at St James’s Street [London].</p>
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