<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier, to Mary Hamilton, concerning Napier's sons and his role as Commissioner. He opens his letter by commenting that no son of his deserves the applause that Hamilton has given and assumes she intends it for his cousin, Sir Charles Napier, who is a post Captain in the Navy. He writes that he has had many opportunities of distinguishing himself and ‘none of which he has neglected to make the best of’. He is in command of the frigate the <i><i>Thames</i></i> whilst his son William is in command of a small Brig of 14 guns and, as he has not had the rank for a year, he would not have led an attack. Napier notes that had he done so he would have not have left it to the newspapers to inform Hamilton. His son Charles is on his way to join Lord Wellington and his son Francis has gone to Orkney to reach his ship.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Queen Street, [Edinburgh].</p>
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