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HAM/1/19/5

Letter from Mrs Napier to Mary Hamilton

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Boston Aprill 12th 1769


[D]ear Madam

      If Mr Napier's letter has reachd Mr Hamilton you'll
see what has so long prevented my Answering yr last
Obligeing Letter I hope none of you imputed my Sillence
to any want of Anxiety to enquire after the Welfare
of friends to whom we have been so much obliged &
whom we regreate we are not likely soon to have
the Pleasure of Seeing this I hope will find you
all Well I congratulate you upon the Victory you
have obteined in Election matters: I gueʃs some people
will look rather Small upon the Occaʃsion but hope
Good Neighbourhood will now take the place of Party
rage in yr good Town & its Environs. I'm sorry I dont
know how to rellieve yr Pappa from the trouble of
the Pappers in ye Douglaʃs & Hamilton cause any
other way than by beging he'll put them to any Use
he pleases: the Sentence of the House of Peers haveing
put an End to that affair. Mr Napier does not Love
writeing Letters but wrote one to Mr Hamilton to
Notiffie the Birth of his fourth Daughter the day
it hapned (the 19th of Last Month) I'm now got downstairs



again after being Ill & confined to my room for three
Months. yr new Cousin is a fine Jolly Girl she is
Cristened Jane Wilhelmina for her Aunt Cathcart &
her Pappa. the others are much Yours & often talk of
You. we have had no Letters from Ruʃsia later than
those you mention but hear from other people they are
Well & Happy. Part of the Regt: is marcht to Scotland
but those that were here remain till Relieved from some
other Regt: as our Few Men are as mischiviously enclined
as ever we expect to Sett out for Scotland some time
this Month be so good as continue to enclose my Letters
to Mr Hope who will know how to forward them
saffe, my next to you will proveably be from Edbr: Mr
Napier & the Children join me in offers of best compts
to you Mr & Mrs Hamilton accept the same from
My Dear Miʃs Hamilton Your ever Affect: Cousin
                                                         & most Humble Servant
M A Napier

April 13th Col Napier begs
his Compts may be acceptable
has this instant been favored[1]
wt Mr Hamiltons obliging letter & is extremely Sorry to find
ye Gout still continues to plague him, croʃser no doubt of
ye rancour of ye Babylonians at present tho he sincerely
wishes it may soon blow over but if not he does not
think the Hamilton Family will have ye greatest Loʃs --

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Boston April 12th 1769


Dear Madam

      If Mr Napier's letter has reached Mr Hamilton you'll
see what has so long prevented my Answering your last
Obliging Letter I hope none of you imputed my Silence
to any want of Anxiety to enquire after the Welfare
of friends to whom we have been so much obliged &
whom we regret we are not likely soon to have
the Pleasure of Seeing this I hope will find you
all Well I congratulate you upon the Victory you
have obtained in Election matters: I guess some people
will look rather Small upon the Occasion but hope
Good Neighbourhood will now take the place of Party
rage in your good Town & its Environs. I'm sorry I don't
know how to relieve your Pappa from the trouble of
the Papers in the Douglass & Hamilton cause any
other way than by begging he'll put them to any Use
he pleases: the Sentence of the House of Peers having
put an End to that affair. Mr Napier does not Love
writing Letters but wrote one to Mr Hamilton to
Notify the Birth of his fourth Daughter the day
it happened (the 19th of Last Month) I'm now got downstairs



again after being Ill & confined to my room for three
Months. your new Cousin is a fine Jolly Girl she is
Christened Jane Wilhelmina for her Aunt Cathcart &
her Pappa. the others are much Yours & often talk of
You. we have had no Letters from Russia later than
those you mention but hear from other people they are
Well & Happy. Part of the Regiment is marched to Scotland
but those that were here remain till Relieved from some
other Regiment as our Few Men are as mischievously inclined
as ever we expect to Set out for Scotland some time
this Month be so good as continue to enclose my Letters
to Mr Hope who will know how to forward them
safe, my next to you will provably be from Edinburgh Mr
Napier & the Children join me in offers of best compliments
to you Mr & Mrs Hamilton accept the same from
My Dear Miss Hamilton Your ever Affectionate Cousin
                                                         & most Humble Servant
Mary Ann Napier

April 13th Colonel Napier begs
his Compliments may be acceptable
has this instant been favored
with Mr Hamiltons obliging letter & is extremely Sorry to find
the Gout still continues to plague him, crosser no doubt of
the rancour of the Babylonians at present though he sincerely
wishes it may soon blow over but if not he does not
think the Hamilton Family will have the greatest Loss --

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Metadata

Library References

Repository: The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Archive: Mary Hamilton Papers

Item title: Letter from Mrs Napier to Mary Hamilton

Shelfmark: HAM/1/19/5

Correspondence Details

Author: Lady Mary Ann Napier (née Cathcart)

Place sent: Boston

Addressee: Mary Hamilton

Place received: unknown

Date sent: 12 April 1769

Letter Description

Summary: Letter from Mary Anne Napier [later Lady Napier] to Mary Hamilton, conveying general news of her family. She apologises for her long silence and writes of the birth of her fourth daughter. She also congratulates the Hamiltons on the 'victory you have obt[a]ined in Election matters'.
    Dated at Boston, [Lincolnshire].
   

Length: 1 sheet, 443 words

Transliteration Information

Editorial declaration: First edited in the project 'Image to Text' (David Denison & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2013-2019), now incorporated in the project 'Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers' (Hannah Barker, Sophie Coulombeau, David Denison, Tino Oudesluijs, Cassandra Ulph, Christine Wallis & Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, 2019-2022).

All quotation marks are retained in the text and are represented by appropriate Unicode characters. Words split across two lines may have a hyphen on the first, the second or both fragments (reco-|ver, imperfect|-ly, satisfacti-|-on); or a double hyphen (pur=|port, dan|=ger, qua=|=litys); or none (respect|ing). Any point in abbreviations with superscripted letter(s) is placed last, regardless of relative left-right orientation in the original. Thus, Mrs. or Mrs may occur, but M.rs or Mr.s do not.

Acknowledgements: XML version: Research Assistant funding in 2017/18 provided by Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester.

Research assistant: Georgia Tutt, MA student, University of Manchester

Transliterator: David Denison (submitted February 2018)

Cataloguer: Lisa Crawley, Archivist, The John Rylands Library

Cataloguer: John Hodgson, Head of Special Collections, The John Rylands Library

Copyright: Transcriptions, notes and TEI/XML © the editors

Revision date: 2 April 2020

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