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6.: To his Mother - Adam Smith, Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence Vol. 6 Correspondence of Adam Smith 
Correspondence of Adam Smith, ed. E. C. Mossner and I. S. Ross, vol. VI of the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1987).
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To his Mother
Brougham, ii. 216; Rae 25.1
Oxford, 2 July 1744
I am quite inexcusable for not writing to you oftener. I think of you every day, but always defer writing till the post is just going, and then sometimes business or company, but oftener laziness, hinders me. Tar water is a remedy very much in vogue here at present for almost all diseases.2 It has perfectly cured me of an inveterate scurvy and shaking in the head.3 I wish you’d try it. I fancy it might be of service to you.
[1 ]Another excerpt.
[2 ]George Berkeley’s Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar–Water (later prefixed by the title Siris) was first published in London in April 1744, and caused an immediate sensation. A correspondent of the Archbishop of York commented in June: ‘it is impossible to write a letter now without tincturing the ink with tar–water. This is the common topic of discourse, both among the rich and poor, high and low; and the Bishop of Cloyne has made it as fashionable as going to Vauxhall or Ranelagh.’ The Archbishop replied that he thought it a defect in Berkeley’s recommendation that he had made it a ‘catholicon’ (Letters from . . . Dr. Thomas Herring to William Duncombe, London, 1777).
[3 ]The first of many references to Smith’s illnesses.